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Legal – U.S. Laws related to Filtering

In addition to the U.S. federal law the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a number of states have laws related to the use of filtering software in public schools and libraries. Only about 10 states actually require the use of filtering software.

State Law Requires filters for minors in schools Requires filters for minors in libraries Requires filters for adults in libraries Requires a policy Sanctions
Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Yes Yes Yes Yes Condition to federal funds
Arizona Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. 34-501 Yes Yes No Yes Not stated
Arkansas Ark. Stat. § 6-21-107, § 13-2-103 No No No Yes Not stated
California Cal. Ed. Code § 18030.5 No No No Yes Not stated
Colorado Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-90-401 § 24-90-603 Yes Yes No Yes Condition to state grants
Delaware Del. Code tit. 29 § 6601C-6607C No No No Yes Not stated
Georgia Ga. Code § 20-2-324, § 20-5-5 Yes No No Yes Can be conditioned to state funding
Kentucky Ky. Rev. Stat. § 156.675 Yes No No Yes Not stated
Louisiana La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:100.7 Yes No No Yes Not stated
Maryland Md. Ann. Code art. 23 § 506.1 No No No Yes Not stated
Michigan Mich. comp. Laws § 397.602, § 397.606 No Yes No Yes Not stated
Minnesota Minn. Stat. § 134.5 No Yes Yes No Not stated
Missouri Mo. Rev. Stat. §  182.825, 82.827 Filter or policy Filter or policy No Filter or policy Misdemeanor
New Hampshire N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 194:3-d No No No Yes Not stated
New York N.Y. Ed. 260(12) No No No Yes Not stated
Ohio 1997 H.B. 215 No No No Yes Not stated
Oklahoma 1996 H.C.R. 1097 Yes No No No Not stated
Pennsylvania Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 24 § 4304; PA CIPA No No No Yes Condition to funding
South Dakota S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 22-24-55- 59 Filter or policy No No Filter or policy Not stated
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. § 10-1-205 to -206  No No No Yes Not stated
Texas Texas Ed. Code Ann. §§ 32.201 to -202 No No No Yes Condition to funding
Utah Utah Code Ann. § 9-7-213 to 17, 53A-3-422 to 424 Yes Yes Yes Yes Not stated
Virginia Va. Code § 22.1-70.2, § 42.1-36.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Condition to funding
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