The Ban on ‘B Word

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Last week, State Representative Daniel Hunt, D, spearheaded a bill that would make it illegal to call someone a “bitch” in Massachusetts

Those who use the word to “accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person,” according to the bill.

Violators could also pay up to $200 in fines, and would be reported by the person they called a “bitch.”

“One of the responsibilities of all Representatives is to serve as a conduct for direct petitions from our constituents to the General Court,” Hunt wrote on his Twitter. “While this specific instance may amuse some and alarm others, it remains an important process for self representation.”

Many argue that this petition is a violation of the first amendment.

“Beacon Hill Democrats like [Hunt] are fearlessly taking on the biggest problems facing the commonwealth,” the MassGOP wrote on Twitter.

Since the colonial era, Massachusetts citizens have had a right to free petition, ensured by Article 19 of the Massachusetts Constitution. In the state legislature’s current two-year session, there are 192 bills filled by citizens, according to WBUR.

Currently, there is no requirement for the legislature to take action on proposals. Most of the citizens petitions fail to reach their goal after public hearings.