Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Bad Bill Survives

One of the bad bills mentioned in The Texas Observer, SB 481, survived the numerous pulls and probes of the legislative process and made its way into the hands of the Governor. And in his observant grasp, good ole' Perry signed this legislation, allowing it to become law beginning September 1, 2005.

The only good thing about this bad MPAA driven bill, is that the overly broad language, which included cell phone use in a movie theater as a possible felony offense, was amended by Rep. Terry Keel (R-Austin), the author of the bill's House companion- Keel apparently did listen to atleast part of the objections made about the bill during it's committee hearing.

SB 481, however, still makes the second offense for the unauthorized opertation of a recording device in a movie theater a felony- creating yet another felony offense for Texas (as if we don't have enough already).