Arizona considers bill to block sex sites on college campuses

ARIZONA -- In an effort to prevent public university students from accessing pornography on the Internet, a state legislator introduced two bills in January that seek to restrict Internet access among college students.

The first bill, HB 2024, introduced by Rep. Jean McGrath, R-Glendale, would require public colleges in the state to install filtering software on all university-owned computers. The bill's stated purpose is to block access to "sexually graphic material."

McGrath also introduced a second bill, HB 2025, which would allow students to use university computers only for "specific educational purposes." The bill would require public universities to create new policies regarding student Internet use.

Many students opposed to the legislation say the language in each bill is too vague.

Kelly Dalton, co-director of the Arizona Students' Association, said she is particularly concerned with the term "educational purposes" as used in HB 2025. She said that if passed, the bill could interfere with students who use university computers for extracurricular activities or to check e-mail.

No action has been taken on either of the bills since January.

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