senate Bill S1489

Relates to requiring filtering software on computers in public libraries and schools to prevent minors from viewing indecent materials

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1489
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1489

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring filtering
software on computers in public libraries and schools to prevent
minors from viewing indecent materials


PURPOSE :

To prevent minors, by requiring the installation of filtering software
on school and library computers, from viewing inappropriate sexual
images on the Internet.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :

Section 1 -- Requires school districts to purchase software,
regardless of the cost, to prevent minors from accessing inappropriate
sexual images on the Internet.

Section 2 -- Requires the Education Commissioner to require schools
and libraries to install software to filter-out inappropriate Internet
sexual content. Additionally, the Commissioner is required to
establish a list of approved Internet filtering software.

Section 3 -- This section requires all libraries covered by section
253-A of the Education Law to install software on computers to
filter-out Internet sexual content that would be inappropriate for
minors.

Section 4 --This section requires all libraries receiving state aid to
install software on computers to filter-out Internet sexual content
that would be inappropriate for minors.

Section 5 -- Establishes the effective date of the act.

JUSTIFICATION :

Throughout New York State, schools and libraries provide free Internet
access to students, families, and other interested individuals. The
Internet, as we all know, is a terrific tool for today's students.

Unfortunately, the Internet is also filled with inappropriate,
sexually explicit, and obscene material that no minor should be able
to view. In fact, some estimate that twenty percent of all web sites
contain pornography.

Minors need to be protected from this material. This bill seeks to
take the modest step of requiring school and library officials to
install software that would prevent minors from accessing these images
and web sites.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

S.6516/A.10044 of 2005-2006
S.2298/A.4481 of 2007-2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

Undetermined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law; provided, however that sections one, three and four of
this act shall take effect on the one hundred fiftieth day after this
act shall have become a law.
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