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Edit: Libraries Face Filter Mandate

Idaho legislators believe in local control — except when they don’t. Don’t take it from us. Ask your local librarian. Under a new state law, libraries have to install filtering on their computers, so children will not be exposed to indecent or obscene material over the Internet. It is just the kind of one-size-fits-all policy and potential unfunded mandate that legislators enjoy railing against — when they believe the state is on the receiving end of overreaching federal policy. Such sentiments were lost on the 2011 Legislature, which passed an amended version of the Internet filter bill without a single dissenting vote. ... As Coeur d’Alene Public Library director Bette Ammon told the Spokane Spokesman-Review: “It’s ridiculous to hold adult use of materials to the same standard as children”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you support the new filter law for Idaho libraries?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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