The House State Affairs Committee got hung up when Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, objected to a clause in a bill from Rep. Steve Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, that sought to outlaw Internet harassment, because it listed “MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Twitter” along with personal blogs. Labrador asked if there was “a technical term or a term of art” that could be used, rather than listing commercial names. Hartgen responded with a stab: “Internet posting sites?” But as the committee moved along, Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, jumped in, saying, “They’re called social networking sites.” Later, Crane, 34, chuckled when teased about being the only committee member who knew that, and said he uses Facebook. “I think it’s a great way to connect with your constituents, I really do,” he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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