In a recent effort to ban all Internet cafes, Florida lawmakers worded the bill so poorly they have accidentally banned all computers, smartphones and other Internet-connected devices.
Florida Governor Rick Scott approved the ban on slot machines and Internet cafes after Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned amid suspicion that a charity she was tied to was an Internet gambling front.
Among the thousand Internet cafes that shut down following the ban was Miami's Incredible Investments, LLC, a café providing computer access and online services to migrant workers.
Because the ban defines illegal slot machines as any "system or network of devices" that may be used in a game of chance, the Incredible Investments legal team found that it could apply to any Internet-connected device.
The owner, Consuelo Zapata, is now suing the state over the ban.
"They rushed to judgment and they took what they saw as a very specific problem and essentially criminalized everything," said Justin Kaplan of the Miami law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, which is representing Zapata.
The complaint states that the ban was passed "in a frenzy fueled by distorted judgment in the wake of a scandal that included the Lieutenant Governor’s resignation" and declares it unconstitutional.