Massachusetts Democrat proposes law making it illegal to call someone a ‘b-word’

Massachusetts State Rep. Daniel Hunt, along side U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Credit: Facebook


Michael Bonner

MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.

Forget washing your mouth out with soap. Massachusetts lawmakers will debate raising the bar to fines or jail time for cursing.

The Joint Committee on the Judiciary will spend a portion of its Tuesday discussing the possibility of penalizing individuals for using the word “bitch” in a derogatory manner.

A bill sponsored by Daniel Hunt, a Democrat representing Suffolk’s 13th district, would ban the use of the word.

The bill would add a third amendment to section of the Massachusetts General Laws pertaining to “common night walkers,” indecent exposure, lascivious speech and disorderly conduct.

The amendment reads, “A person who uses the word ‘bitch’ directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person in violation of this section, and shall be subject to the penalties provided in subsections (a) and (b). A violation of this subsection may be reported by the person to whom the offensive language was directed at or by any witness to such incident.”

The penalties described in the law include prison time of no more than six months and a fine that won’t exceed $200.

The official Twitter account of the Massachusetts GOP was critical of the bill and suggested the public should appear at the hearing and “Let ‘em have it.”

Another tweet, mocked the issue.

“Beacon Hill Democrats like @repdanhunt are fearlessly taking on the biggest problems facing the commonwealth. #mapoli,” the tweet said.

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