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Library Internet filtering bill wins unanimous House support as amended

The House has voted unanimously to approve HB 205a, the library Internet filtering bill, as amended in the Senate; it now goes to the governor's desk. "Some amendments were put on it that made it more acceptable to the library association, who had been in opposition prior, but now are in full support," Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, told the House. "By changing a couple of 'shalls' to 'mays' we have a law that I think is very good and puts into statute an Internet protection measure for our libraries and the protection of our youth."

The Idaho Library Association had objected to the earlier version of the bill as an unfunded mandate that required filtering of all Internet access for adults; a group called "Citizens for Decency" that brought the bill to Shirley refused to negotiate with the library association before House passage of the bill, but senators brokered a compromise.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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