New in legislation: New Hampshire Senate Bill 465
S.B. 465 would bar the dissemination of sexually explicit images without the consent of the person in the image, if the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
In our memo to legislators, we argue that the bill is overbroad and would criminalize a wide variety of First Amendment-protected material.
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Ongoing litigation: Louisiana age verification law
Media Coalition recently filed additional documents supporting our arguments in Garden District Book Shop v. Stewart.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Brian Jackson heard oral arguments on the motion for preliminary injunction in December.
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- That time John Kasich tried to ban “Fargo” from his local Blockbuster store. https://t.co/0FivGIfmNu
- Judge plans to unseal court papers in Sheldon Silver case, after request from NY Times and NBC. https://t.co/typX4tzclU
- Senate committee votes to hold https://t.co/eHMtedPmNN in contempt, could lead to First Amendment battle: https://t.co/SQ1GfqQm0u
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Maryland bill would bar display of “harmful to minors” material
House Bill 30 makes it a crime to display a book, magazine or other material with cover or content that is harmful to minors, unless it is behind blinders or in an opaque bag. In a memo to legislators, we explained that the Supreme Court has held that display laws can only require booksellers and other retailers to take reasonable steps to prevent minors from perusing harmful to minors material, and the government cannot mandate blinders, bagging or segregation as the only means to do so.
Indiana law criminalizes young adult books and teen movies
Senate Bill 14 amends the state’s existing law that criminalizes sexually explicit depictions of minors. However, the law criminalizes material with written descriptions of sex, drawings of minors and depictions of adults who appear to be minors — which means that books by Judy Blume or John Green, art and health books that contain paintings or drawings with a sexual theme, and movies such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and American Beauty are illegal under the law.