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Potty Mouth Police


Talk about your obscenities

The Arizona Legislature, ever on the prowl for more laws to create, has come up with a doozy.

Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, wants to outlaw teachers from saying anything at school that you couldn't say on the radio or TV. Senate Bill 1467 would require teachers from PE to PhD to comply with the regulations put forth by the Federal Communications Commission.

So, if you're, say, in the teachers' lounge and you stub your toe and an inadvertent bad word comes out of your mouth, you'd be in trouble. If it's the first time, you'd be merely suspended. If it's the third, you'd be fired.

No word as yet on who will serve as the potty-mouth police. Presumably, the Legislature will want to set up a potty police force, with all attendant rules and regulations on how to operate, as it clearly doesn't trust the local school boards and administrators to run their own business.

For example, FCC regulations cover indecent, obscene and profane speech but what that means is open to broad interpretation. The regulations define profane speech as "language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance."

Well, there goes civics class. I mean, if you can't utter the words Arizona Legislature...


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