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Vermont bill would ban cellphones for anyone under 21

BURLINGTON, VT – A Vermont lawmaker is proposing a ban on cellphones for people under 21.

But it’s not what you think.

While Senator John Rogers is putting forward a bill that would fine violators $1,000 or even put them in prison, he says he wouldn’t vote for his own bill.

Rogers says he’s actually trying to start a conversation about cell phone safety, and overall rights for young adults.

“It’s really to prove a point. If we’re going to allow 18-year-olds to vote and join the military and such, they should have all the rest of the rights," said Rogers.

Language in the bill says people under 21 are not developmentally mature enough to have cellphones, much like firearms, cigarettes and alcohol.

But rogers says cell phone safety is just as important as education about guns.