Border Wall

A US border patrol truck is seen next to US President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes from the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, on April 3, 2018.

PHOENIX (KTVK) -- An Arizona lawmaker proposed a plan to tax pornography to help fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, but the bill is apparently dead now.

Arizona Rep. Gail Griffin proposed Arizona House Bill 2444. It would require electronics manufacturers to install porn-blocking software on Arizona residents’ phones, computers and/or tablets.

The only way to access porn would be paying a one-time fee of at least $20. Anyone who deactivates the blocker, or commits any other sort of violation, would face a misdemeanor charge.

The taxed money would go into a new account called the “John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund.”

Among the goals for the fund include building a border wall between Mexico and Arizona or fund border security.

Funding would also help human trafficking and domestic violence victims with housing, job placement and health services.

On Tuesday, Griffin announced she killed the bill. 

"The language was submitted by a constituent, it's not going anywhere so there's no story there," Griffin said. 

Even if she moved forward, the legislation would likely hit legal hurdles. 

Dan Barr, a First Amendment attorney, said the legislation was an attack free speech because pornography is protected. 

 

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