Arizona

Jun 24, 2012 3:01 PM

Ariz. libraries prepare for new 'obscenity' law

PHOENIX (AP) - School and public libraries in Arizona are preparing for a new tough state law aimed at filtering obscene online content.

The Arizona Republic reports that the new law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, establishes significant consequences for those entities that don't have a strict policy against such materials.

House Bill 2712 specifies the types of material the schools and libraries must block and includes a tough penalty - the state can withhold 10 percent of its funding if the school or library doesn't comply.

Under the law, schools and libraries must filter and block questionable websites from minors and the general public. They also must establish a policy to enforce the ban on these materials and they have to make the rules available to the public.

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