Tag Archives: 2012

Arizona House Bill 2549

Arizona H.B. 2549 would make it a misdemeanor to communicate by any electronic or digital device using any obscene, lewd, or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act for any person, if done with the intent to annoy, offend, terrify, intimidate, threaten, or harass.

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Florida Senate Bill 1618

Florida S.B. 1618 would revise the definition of the term “child pornography” to include visual depiction that has been “created, adapted, or modified to appear” that a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

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Iowa House Study Bill 525

Iowa H.S.B. 525 would apply the state’s “harmful to minors” law to the Internet.

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Massachusetts Senate Bill 636

Massachusetts S.B. 636 would require video game and software publishers and television programmers to post labels on content with violent themes. It also requires parents to bar minors from accessing such content.

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Mississippi Senate Bill 2360

Mississippi S.B. 2360 would criminalize the knowing and intentional electronic dissemination of descriptions or depictions of simulated or actual sexually explicit nudity or conduct to a minor. The bill criminalizes content beyond the Miller/Ginsberg test.

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Nebraska Legislative Bill 948

Nebraska L.B. 948 would criminalize the act of contacting another person using a phone, or any other communication device and multimedia storage device with language with an intent to “annoy,””offend,””harrass,” or “terrify.”

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New Hampshire Senate Bill 175

New Hampshire S.B. 175 would create a right of publicity, explicitly giving individuals the right to control the use of his or her identity for 70 years in addition to their lifetime. An amendment to bill removed a section that allowed exceptions for works of or in the media.

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New York Assembly Bill 290

New York A.B. 290 would impose a $2 surcharge on each magazine, video, DVD, or website registered in New York that contains nude images.

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Ohio House Bill 414

Ohio H.B. 414 would broaden existing law to criminalize any written communication that causes “mental or emotional” distress to a person or to a person’s family.

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Oklahoma House Bill 2696

Oklahoma H.B. 2696 would impose a 1% excise tax on violent video games. This tax would be added on top of already existing state or local taxes imposed on general merchandise.

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