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H.C.R. 3







Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the United States
             12      Congress to take action to help stop children and employees from accessing Internet
             13      pornography.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    urges the United States Congress to take action to help stop children and employees
             17      from accessing Internet pornography; and
             18          .    urges the United States Congress to enact legislation to facilitate a technology-based
             19      solution allowing parents and employers to obtain Internet access services that
             20      exclude adult content.
             21      Special Clauses:
             22          None
             24      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             25          WHEREAS, the Internet has become an extremely important and popular means of
             26      exchanging information, and is relied upon in Utah for business, education, recreation, and
             27      other uses;

             28          WHEREAS, many Internet sites contain material that is pornographic, either obscene or
             29      inappropriate for children, and a majority of these sites originate within the United States but
             30      outside of the state of Utah;
             31          WHEREAS, the availability of Internet pornography on the job costs Utah employers
             32      significant numbers of work hours, strains employers' computer equipment, reduces
             33      productivity, and leads to potentially hostile work environments for men and women;
             34          WHEREAS, while the custody, care, and nurturing of children resides primarily with
             35      parents, the widespread availability of Internet pornography and the ability of children to
             36      circumvent existing filtering technology defeat the best attempts at parental supervision or
             37      control;
             38          WHEREAS, Internet pornographers use evolving techniques to lure Utah children and
             39      others into viewing and purchasing pornographic material, defying existing technology
             40      designed to block adult content;
             41          WHEREAS, current methods for protecting computers and computer networks from
             42      unwanted Internet content are expensive, block more than the intended content, and are easily
             43      circumvented;
             44          WHEREAS, because children, employees, and others may seek out pornography,
             45      warnings and other labels meant to help avoid inadvertent hits on pornographic sites may
             46      simply increase the likelihood that these sites will be visited;
             47          WHEREAS, credit card verification systems burden credit card companies, are
             48      expensive and time consuming to establish and maintain, and inhibit legal speech;
             49          WHEREAS, other forms of age verification have not been practicable;
             50          WHEREAS, prior Congressional attempts to address children's access to Internet
             51      pornography have been held unconstitutional or otherwise have not passed constitutional
             52      scrutiny;
             53          WHEREAS, prior Congressional attempts to address children's access to Internet
             54      pornography have not been based on technology that allows individual Internet users to select
             55      what kind of Internet content enters their homes and work spaces;
             56          WHEREAS, protecting the physical and psychological well-being of Utah's children by
             57      shielding them from inappropriate materials is a compelling interest of the Legislature of the
             58      State of Utah;

             59          WHEREAS, protecting the right of Utah's citizens to control what materials enter their
             60      homes and other private property is a compelling interest of the Legislature of the State of
             61      Utah;
             62          WHEREAS, although the State of Utah has taken rigorous action in an attempt to shield
             63      Utah's children from obscenity and other inappropriate adult content, it cannot effectively curb
             64      the problems with Internet pornography within its borders without the support of the United
             65      States government;
             66          WHEREAS, the United States remains in control of the Internet through the
             67      Department of Commerce, and the National Telecommunication and Information Association;
             68      and
             69          WHEREAS, the United States has the ability to create appropriate policies and
             70      enforcement tools to effectively deal with these issues:
             71          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             72      Governor concurring therein, strongly urges the United States Congress to take action to help
             73      stop children and employees from accessing Internet pornography.
             74          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor strongly urge the
             75      United States Congress to seriously consider enacting legislation to facilitate a
             76      technology-based solution that allows parents and employers to subscribe to Internet access
             77      services that exclude adult content.
             78          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Majority
             79      Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,
             80      the President of the United States, and the members of Utah's congressional delegation.

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