Thursday, February 12, 2009

PA Reps want to ban pagers and cell phones from schools

First, thanks to an anonymous source for sharing this with me today via twitter.

Dateline Feb 11, 2009. PA House Bill 363 is introduced and sent to committee. Read it here.

What it does want to do? Here:


Section 1317.1. Possession of [Telephone Pagers] Electronic


Devices Prohibited.--(a) The possession by students of


telephone paging devices, commonly referred to as beepers,


cellular telephones and portable electronic devices that record


or play audio or video material shall be prohibited on school


grounds, at school sponsored activities and on buses or other


vehicles provided by the school district.

If you are opposed to this idea, perhaps you might email your Rep ( and let them know. These folks are the ones who sponsored it: INTRODUCED BY Cruz, Youngblood, Mustio, Caltagirone, Kortz,Reichley, Readshaw, Sabatina, Siptroth, and Thomas

On twitter, @rkiker said, "Who carries pagers anymore, anyway?" Very true. And THAT speak volumes to the understanding of those who sponsored the bill?

OK, folks, go here and find your rep and let them know what you think.

Oh my. With ALL of the problems facing this state on SO many fronts, what a shame to waste even one minute discussing this.

Update (2-12-09, 10:45PM)
Lots of folks are up in arms over this one. This blog post (from Dan Callahan) pointed me to this petition that you can sign if you, too, are against this bill.

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