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HJM007.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY - Stating findings of the Legislature and urging the United States Congress to take action to help stop children and employees from accessing Internet pornography and to request that legislation be enacted to facilitate a technology-based solution that allows parents and employers to subscribe to Internet access services that exclude adult content. 02/07 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/08 Rpt prt - to St Aff 02/21 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/22 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/25 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Nielsen Title apvd - to Senate 02/26 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff 03/10 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord 03/11 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Bastian Title apvd - to House 03/11 To enrol 03/12 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 03/13 Pres signed - To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 7 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS 3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF 4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 5 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 6 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-ninth 7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 8 WHEREAS, the Internet has been an extremely important means of exchanging 9 information, and is relied upon in Idaho for business, education, recreation 10 and other uses; and 11 WHEREAS, many Internet sites contain material that is pornographic, either 12 obscene or inappropriate for children, and a majority of these sites originate 13 within the United States but outside of the state of Idaho; and 14 WHEREAS, the availability of Internet pornography on the job costs Idaho 15 employers significant numbers of work hours, strains employers' computer 16 equipment, reduces productivity and leads to potentially hostile work environ- 17 ments for men and women; and 18 WHEREAS, while the custody, care and nurturing of children resides primar- 19 ily with parents, the widespread availability of Internet pornography and the 20 ability of children to circumvent existing filtering technology defeat the 21 best attempts at parental supervision or control; and 22 WHEREAS, Internet pornographers are using evolving techniques to lure 23 Idaho children and others into viewing and purchasing pornographic material, 24 defying existing technology designed to block adult content; and 25 WHEREAS, current methods for protecting computers and computer networks 26 from unwanted Internet content are expensive, block more than the intended 27 content and are easily circumvented; and 28 WHEREAS, because children, employees and others may seek out pornography, 29 warnings and other labels meant to help avoid inadvertent hits on pornographic 30 sites may simply increase the likelihood that these sites will be visited; and 31 WHEREAS, credit card verification systems burden credit card companies, 32 are expensive and time consuming to establish and maintain and these systems 33 inhibit legal speech, and other forms of age verification have not been prac- 34 ticable; and 35 WHEREAS, prior congressional attempts to address children's access to In- 36 ternet pornography have been held unconstitutional or otherwise have not 37 passed constitutional scrutiny and have not been based on technology that 38 allows individual Internet users to select what kind of Internet content 39 enters their homes and workplaces; and 40 WHEREAS, protecting the physical and psychological well-being of Idaho's 41 children by shielding them from inappropriate materials is a compelling inter- 42 est of the Legislature of the State of Idaho; and 43 WHEREAS, although the state of Idaho has taken rigorous action in an 44 attempt to shield Idaho's children from obscenity and other inappropriate 2 1 adult content, it cannot effectively curb the programs with Internet pornogra- 2 phy within its borders without the support of the United States government; 3 and 4 WHEREAS, the United States remains in control of the Internet through the 5 Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information 6 Association; and 7 WHEREAS, the United States has the ability to create appropriate policies 8 and enforcement tools to effectively deal with these issues. 9 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 10 sion of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and 11 the Senate concurring therein, that we strongly urge the United States Con- 12 gress to take action to help stop children and employees from accessing Inter- 13 net pornography and that legislation be enacted to facilitate a technology- 14 based solution that allows parents and employers to subscribe to Internet 15 access services that exclude adult content. 16 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa- 17 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this 18 Memorial to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Repre- 19 sentatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the 20 State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 17696 The purpose of this legislation is to protect the physical and psychological well-being of Idaho's children and employees by shielding them from inappropriate materials located on the Internet. The members of the Idaho Legislature will strongly urge the United States Congress to take action to help stop children and employees from accessing Internet pornography and that legislation be enacted to facilitate a technology-based solution that allows parents and employers to subscribe to Internet access services that exclude adult content. FISCAL NOTE There will be no fiscal impact on the State of Idaho's General Fund. Contact Name: Representative Peter Nielsen Phone: (208) 332-1000 Co-sponsors: President Pro Tem Robert Geddes Representatives: Mike Moyle, Wendy Jaquet, Tom Loertscher, Janice McGeachin, R.J. "Dick" Harwood, Paul Shepherd, Darrel Bolz, Steven Thayn, Robert Schaefer, Raul Labrador, Lynn Luker, Marv Hagedorn, Jim Patrick, Leon Smith, Sharon Block, Jim Marriott, George Eskridge, Ken Andrus, Brent Crane Russ Mathews, Joan Wood, Lenore Barrett, Dean Mortimer, Liz Chavez, Anne Pasley-Stuart, Margaret Henbest, Mary Lou Shepherd, Donna Boe, Mack Shirley, Rich Wills Senators: Shawn Keough, Stan Bastian, Mel Richardson, Shirley Mckague, Monty Pearce STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM7 REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT