Utah law mandates filtering

A woman in Utah has been pushing for a bill to get public libraries to use filters. The article in the The Spectrum (“Southern Utah’s Homepage”) states quite matter-of-factly: “The bill will cut off state funds to libraries that refuse to put filters on their computers to filter Internet smut.” Apparently the woman’s hometown library in Cedar City already refuses to carry R-rated movies, so there is precedent for being restrictive about what a public library can make available. The article, interestingly, does not explain what the lawmakers view as an objectionable site, although it refers casually to “porn filters,” ignoring the issue of what actually could get filtered.