Internet Filtering Bill Passes Idaho House of Reps. 69-0; Next to Governor's Desk
Legislation to require library computers to use filtering software to block content deemed offensive to minors has cleared the Idaho Legislature.
The measure was amended since first introduced in the 2011 session and now gives more libraries flexibility in blocking content and deciding when filters should be turned off. The measure would also not go into effect until October 2012, giving libraries time to make all necessary changes or upgrade filtering software.
Republican Rep. Mack Shirley of Rexburg says the changes to his bill emerged from discussions with the Idaho Library Association.
A previous version of the legislation would have withheld public funding for libraries that did not comply.
See Also: “Lawmakers, libraries agree on Internet filter bill” (AP via The Idaho Statesman)
From March 24, 2011.
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