State Obscenity Laws

State Obscenity Laws

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Alabama

Obscenity Statutes
Ala. Code §§ 13A-12-190 – 198; Ala. Code § 13A-12-200.1 – § 13A-12-200.12.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Alaska

Obscenity Statutes
No general obscenity statute, but several obscenity statutes regarding minors:
Alaska Stat. §§ 11.61.123 – 11.61.129; Alaska Stat. §§ 11.41.455 -11.41.468.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute
Bill introduced, but not enacted: 2007 Bill Text AK H.B. 353

Arizona

Obscenity Statutes
Title 13, Chapter 35:
A.R.S. § 13-3501 through A.R.S. § 13-3561; A.R.S. § 38-448; A.R.S. §§ 13-401 – 13-403.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
A.R.S. §§ 34-501 – 502, amended by 2012 Ariz. HB 2712.
Strength = Strong for schools and libraries

Arkansas

Obscenity Statutes
A.C.A. §§ 5-68-201 – 205; A.C.A. §§ 5-68-501 – 502; A.C.A. §§ 5-68-301 – 308; A.C.A. §§ 5-68-402 – 406; A.C.A. §§ 5-27-401 – 405; A.C.A. §§ 5-27-302 – 306; A.C.A. §§ 5-27-601 – 608. (see also A.C.A. §§ 5-68-407 – 416; mainly procedural information w/ regard to obscenity prosecutions).

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
A.C.A. § 6-21-111; § 6-21-107, § 13-2-103
Strength = Moderate for schools and libraries

California

Obscenity Statutes
Title 9, Chapter 7.5: Cal. Penal Code § 311-312.7.
Title 9, Chapter 7.6: Cal. Penal Code § 313-313.5.
Title 9, Chapter 8: Cal. Penal Code § 314-318.6
Cal. Penal Code § 1417.8; § 13021; § 5402; § 288.2; § 968

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Cal. Ed. Code § 18030.5
Strength = Weak for libraries; no statute for school computers

Colorado

Obscenity Statutes
C.R.S. §§ 18-7-101 – 104.5. (see also C.R.S. § 18-7-208; C.R.S. § 18-7-302)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
C.R.S. § 24-90-404; § 24-90-603; § 22-87-101 – 107.
Strength = Moderate to Strong

Connecticut

Obscenity Statutes
Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-193 – 200.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Delaware

Obscenity Statutes
11 Del C. §§ 1361-1366. (see also 24 Del. C. § 1606).

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
29 Del. C. §§ 6601C-6607C
Strength = Weak and there is no statute for schools

District of Columbia

Obscenity Statutes
D.C. Code § 22-2201. (see also D.C. Code §§ 22-3101 – 3104; § 22-1312; § 34-1264.01; § 22-3312.01; § 5-115.06; § 9-1154).

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Florida

Obscenity Statutes
Fla. Stat. §§ 847.001-.202; § 823.13 (see also § 827.071; § 933.03; § 1013.22; § 847.0134; § 320.0805; § 933.02)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Fla. Stat. § 257.12 (3). (Encourages public libraries to adopt an Internet safety education program, but no filter requirements)
Strength = Weak, basically no statute for either

Georgia

Obscenity Statutes
O.C.G.A. §§ 16-12-80 – 105. (see also O.C.G.A. § 36-60-3; § 46-5-22).

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
O.C.G.A. § 20-2-324 (public schools), § 20-5-5 (public libraries)
Strength = Strong

Hawaii

Obscenity Statutes
HRS §§ 712-1210 – 1219.5.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Idaho

Obscenity Statutes
Idaho Code §§ 18-4101 – 4116 (2010); §§ 18-1513 – 1521; § 19-1428

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Idaho Code § 33-2741 (library); § 33-132 (school)
Strength = Moderate

Illinois

Obscenity Statutes
§§ 720 ILCS 5/11-20 – 30 (2010). (see also §§ 720 ILCS 135/1-1 – 2)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Indiana

Obscenity Statutes
Burns Ind. Code Ann. § 35-49-1-1 – § 35-49-3-4. (see also § 31-34-1-4)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Buns Ind. Code Ann. § 36-12-1-12 (library)
Strength = Weak, basically no statute

Iowa

Obscenity Statutes
Iowa Code §§ 728.1-.15.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Iowa Code § 256.57
Strength = Weak, basically no statute

Kansas

Obscenity Statutes
K.S.A. §§ 21-6401 – 6402. (21-4301 was repealed)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Kentucky

Obscenity Statutes
KRS §§ 531.010-.370.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
KRS § 156.675 (schools)
Strength = strong for schools; no statute for libraries

Louisiana

Obscenity Statutes
La. R.S. 14:106 – 14:106.3; La. R.S.14:283; La. R.S. 14:19.11; La. R.S. 32:378.1 (see also La R.S. 14:89; 46:1845; 14:81.1.1)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
La. R.S. § 17:100.7 (schools)
La. R.S. § 51:1426 (Requires Internet service providers to make available to subscribers who are Louisiana residents a product or service that enables the subscriber to control a child’s use of the Internet.)
Strength = Moderate for schools; no statute for libraries

Maine

Obscenity Statutes
17 M.R.S. §§ 2911 – 2913

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Maryland

Obscenity Statutes
Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. §§ 11-201 – 11-211; §§ 11-101 – 107. (see also § 3-805).

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Md. EDUCATION Code Ann. 23 § 506.1
Md. COMMERCIAL LAW Code Ann. §§ 14-3701 – 3705 (Requires Internet service providers to make parental controls that enable blocking or filtering of websites available to subscribers in the state.)
Strength = Weak for libraries; no statute for schools

Massachusetts

Obscenity Statutes
ALM GL ch. 272, §§ 29-30D; §§ 31-35A (see also ALM GL ch. 6, § 101)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
ALM GL ch. 71, 93
Strength = Weak for schools; no statute for libraries

Michigan

Obscenity Statutes
MCLS § 752.361-.370; MCLS § 750.142-.143; 722.675-.677;

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
MCLS § 397.602, § 397.606
Strength = Weak for libraries; no statute for schools

Minnesota

Obscenity Statutes
Minn. Stat. §§ 617.241-.299. (see also § 609B.540; 37.18)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Minn. Stat. § 125B.15 (K5 – 12th grade schools); § 134.50 (public libraries)
Strength = Moderate

Mississippi

Obscenity Statutes
Miss. Code Ann. §§ 97-29-45, §§ 97-29-101 – 109; § 97-5-27; § 97-5-29; § 97-5-31; § 97-5-33. (see also § 97-29-59; § 97-29-63; § 97-29-61; § 97-29-65; § 19-5-103; § 45-33-23; § 37-43-31)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Missouri

Obscenity Statutes
§§ 573.010-.100 R.S.Mo.; §§ 573.500-.537 R.S.Mo. (see also § 560.080 R.S.Mo.)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
§§ 182.825-.827 R.S.Mo.
Strength = Moderate to strong

Montana

Obscenity Statutes
Mont. Code Anno. §§ 45-8-201 – 208. (see also Mont. Code Anno. § 45-5-504)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Nebraska

Obscenity Statutes
R.R.S. Neb. § 28-805 – § 28-813.02; (see also R.R.S. Neb. § 28-821; § 28-826; § 28-827; § 28-833; §28-351)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Nevada

Obscenity Statutes
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 201.235-.254; Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 201.256-.2655. (see also Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 201.220; § 207.180)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Nev. Rev. Stat. § 603.100 – § 603.170 (Requires Internet service providers to offer, under certain circumstances, products or services that enable subscribers to regulate and monitor a child’s use of the Internet.)
Strength = No statute regarding schools or libraries

New Hampshire

Obscenity Statutes
RSA 650:1-6; RSA 649-A – 649-B-6. (see also RSA 645:1)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
RSA 194:3-d (schools)
Strength = Moderate for schools; no statute for libraries

New Jersey

Obscenity Statutes
N.J. Stat. §§ 2C:34-2 – 7. (see also N.J. Stat. § 2C:24-4; §§ 2C:33-12.1 – 12.2; § 2C:14-4)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

New Mexico

Obscenity Statutes
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-37-1 to § 30-37-10; § 30-38-1 to § 30-38-2.
(see also N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-9-20; §§ 30-9-14 – 14.3; 30-9-1; §§ 30-6A-1 – 4; § 30-6-3; § 3-18-17; § 30-20-12; § 32A-4-2)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

New York

Obscenity Statutes
NY CLS Penal §§ 235.00-24; NY CLS Penal §§ 263.00-.30 (see also NY CLS Penal § 410.00; §§ 245.00-.02; NY CLS Agr & M § 288; NY CLS Penal §§ 245.10-11)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
NY CLS Educ § 260 (12) (only requires trustees of libraries to create internet use policy); (see also un-passed bill: 2009 Legis. Bill Hist. NY S.B. 1489)
Strength = Weak for libraries; no statute for schools

North Carolina

Obscenity Statutes
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-190.1 to § 14-190.15. (see also N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-190.16 – .17A; § 19-1)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

North Dakota

Obscenity Statutes
N.D. Cent. Code, § 12.1-27.1-01 to § 12.1-27.1- 03.3; § 12.1-27.2-01 to § 12.1-27.2-06; § 12.1-26-1-12. (see also N.D. Cent. Code, § 12.1-20-05.1.; N.D. Cent. Code, § 40-05-17; § 11-11-62; § 12.1-06.1-01)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Ohio

Obscenity Statutes
ORC Ann. § 2907.01; ORC Ann. §§ 2907.31-.41. (see also ORC Ann. 503.52; 519.02; 2907.09; 109.40; 2919.22)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
ORC Ann. 3314.21 (internet-based schools); ORC Ann. 3375.64 (public libraries)
Strength = Weak; no statute for non Internet-based schools or any libraries

Oklahoma

Obscenity Statutes
(Title 21, Chapter 39) 21 Okl. St. § 1021 to § 1025; 2

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Oklahoma 1996 H.C.R. 1097 (uncodified) (schools); no statute for librarires, but see 2007 Bill Text OK H.B. 1715. (see also 21 Okl. St. § 1040.80)
Strength = Moderate for schools; No statute for libraries

Oregon

Obscenity Statutes
ORS §§ 167.051-.100.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Pennsylvania

Obscenity Statutes
18 Pa.C.S. § 5903; 18 Pa.C.S. § 6301; (see also 18 Pa.C.S. § 6318, § 5901; 68 Pa.C.S. §§ 5501-5509.)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
24 P.S. §§ 4601-4612.
Strength = Strong

Rhode Island

Obscenity Statutes
R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-31-1 to § 11-31-13. (see also R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-19-8; § 11-9-1; § 12-27-1 to § 12-27-12; § 12-5-8; § 5-22-5)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

South Carolina

Obscenity Statutes
S.C. Code Ann. § 16-15-305 – § 16-15-445; § 16-15-250; § 16-15-3885; § 57-25-20.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
S.C. Code Ann. § 10-1-205, § 10-1-206.
Strength = Weak for libraries; no explicit statute for schools (unclear)

South Dakota

Obscenity Statutes
S.D. Codified Laws § 22-24-1.1 – § 22-24-68; § 22-24A-1 to § 22-24A-20; § 9-29-9; § 23A-36-1 – § 23A-36-10. (see also S.D. Codified Laws § 22-22-7 to § 22-22-47; § 22-24B-1; §§ 21-8-16 – 18.

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
S.D. Codified Laws § 22-24-55 to § 22-24-59.
Strength = Strong

Tennessee

Obscenity Statutes
Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-901 to § 39-17-914; §§ 39-17-1001 – 1008. (see also Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-7-105; § 55-8-187)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-1-221.
Strength = Moderate for schools; No statute for libraries

Texas

Obscenity Statutes
Tex. Penal Code § 43.21 to § 43.27; Tex. Bus. & Com. Code § 321.101; (see also Tex. Alco. Bev. Code § 101.64; 104.01; Tex. Bus. & Com. Code § 321.001; § 321.052; Tex. Local Gov’t Code §§ 243.001 -.011 )

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Tex. Bus. & Com. Code §§ 323.001 – .003. (Requires an interactive computer service provider to place a link to free or shareware filtering software conspicuously on the first accessible web page of the service provider. Establishes a civil penalty of $2,000 for each day the provider fails to comply.)
Strength = No Statute

Utah

Obscenity Statutes
Utah Code Ann. § 10-8-41 – 41.5, §§ 76-10-1201 – 1212. (see also Utah Code Ann. § 67-5-18; § 67-5-1.5; § 76-9-702 )

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Utah Code Ann. § 9-7-215 – 216; Utah Code Ann. § 53A-3-422 – 423.
Utah Code § 76-10-1231 (Requires Internet service providers, upon request by a consumer, to provide in-network filtering or filtering software to prevent transmission of material harmful to minors.)
Strength = Moderate to strong

Vermont

Obscenity Statutes
13 V.S.A. §§ 2801 – 2813. (see also 13 V.S.A. 2605)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Virginia

Obscenity Statutes
Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-372 to § 18.2-387.1; Va. Code Ann. § 19.2-270.1:1. (see also Va. Code Ann. § 15.2-926.2; §§ 4.1-225 – 226.; § 40.1-100.2; § 46.2-1077.01; § 18.2-356)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-70.2 (schools); § 42.1-36.1 (libraries)
Strength = Moderate to strong

Washington

Obscenity Statutes
Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) §§ 9.68.015 – 9.68.900; §§ 9.68A.001 – 9.68A.912; § 10.37.130 (see also Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) §§ 7.42.010 – 7.42..900; §§ 7.48.050 – 7.48A.120; § 9A.88.010)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

West Virginia

Obscenity Statutes
W. Va. Code § 7-1-4; § 8-12-5b; §§ 61-8A-1 – 61-8A-5; §§ 61-8C-1 – 61-8C-11. (see also W. Va. Code § 61-8-9; §§ 61-8-26 – 61-8-28)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

Wisconsin

Obscenity Statutes
Wis. Stat. §§ 944.21 – 944.25; § 948.12; § 947.0125. (see also Wis. Stat. § 944.17; § 944.20; §§ 948.05 – 948.08; §§ 948.10 – 948.13; § 948.40; § 806.05)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No statute

Wyoming

Obscenity Statutes
Wyo. Stat. §§ 6-4-301 – 6-4-304. (see also Wyo. Stat. § 6-4-201; § 6-4-4-3; § 1-29-106; § 12-5-204)

Filtering Statutes in Libraries and Schools
No Statute

 

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