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Lawsuit says Florida law bans computers, smartphones

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Florida banned Internet cafes earlier this year, but a lawsuit filed in Miami claims that ban is so broad that it can also apply to smartphones and computers across the state.

That suit is attempting to overturn the ban on grounds that it is unfair, and overly broad.

"There are times the legislature moves too quickly, and the law is not written as well as it could have been," said Tampa Attorney John Fitzgibbons. He is not involved in the suit, but says it makes an interesting argument.

"When a law is written so broadly that it can cover too many people, then that can be an unconstitutional law," he said. "This is a serious lawsuit. This is an excellent law firm in Miami. No matter who wins or loses, this case will be appealed, and it's the type of case that can end up in the Florida Supreme Court."

Meanwhile, the state won't really crack down on our computers and smart phones. But voters say this legal challenge should drive lawmakers to carefully review how they write our laws.

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