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Cursing could soon lead to a $200 fine in Massachusetts

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Cursing could soon cost you, if you happen to be in Massachusetts.

A state legislator has proposed a $200 fine for folks who use the b-word, according to ABC News. Repeat offenders could even face up to six months of jail time.

The bill aims to crack down on the use of the word “to accost, annoy or  degrade” another person. Violators would be considered “a disorderly  person.”

Violations could be reported by the person the word was directed at, or by witnesses.

 Rep. Daniel Hunt, a Democrat from Dorchester, told The Washington Post he crafted the bill after getting a request from a constituent. He says  he’s not trying to crack down on free speech. He simply wants to  encourage civil discourse.

“It’s important whether you agree or  disagree with the legislation being proposed that you honor the duty to  represent your constituents and have their voices heard,” Hunt said in  an interview with the Post.

The state’s Republican party, however, has seized upon free speech concerns and, in a tweet, encouraged people to attend a hearing on the bill and “Let ’em have it.