Back in April, Florida lawmakers voted to pass a law banning all slot machines and Internet cafes in the state in an attempt to control Internet gambling. Unfortunately, the law was so poorly worded that it probably would have received a failing grade even in Florida’s public school system.
A lawsuit against the state claims that because of its broad wording, the new law theoretically bans anything connected to the Internet, such as computers and cell phones. And you can’t really blame either party on this one since the bill was supported by both Republicans and Democrats. So much for working together.
The actual law states that “the term ‘slot machine or device’ means any machine or device or system or network of devices….” According to critics, since any computer on a web-connected “network” can be used to access online gambling, Florida has essentially banned all online computers and devices, regardless of whether your choice in gaming is blackjack or World of Warcraft.
This isn’t Florida’s first embarrassing political oops-y-daisy. Back in 2011, lawmakers passed a law accidentally banning sex.
Maybe keeping Florida offline isn’t such a bad idea after all.