Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1793

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 4-34-3 ; IC 20-10.1-30 ; IC 20-14-14.

Synopsis: Public computer access to minors. Requires a school corporation or a public library that provides computer access to minors with the ability to connect to a computer communication system to: (1) equip the computer with software that will limit the ability of a minor to gain access to materials inappropriate for minors; or (2) purchase Internet connectivity from an Internet service provider that provides filter services to limit access to materials inappropriate for minors. Requires a library board or the governing body of a school corporation to hold an annual public meeting to determine how the public library or school corporation will comply with the requirements and to determine what materials are considered inappropriate for minors. Requires the governing body or library board to determine what materials are inappropriate for minors to reflect the community's standards as evidenced during the meeting. Provides that a school corporation or a public library may request a grant from the Indiana technology fund to pay for the costs of purchasing software or purchasing Internet connectivity to comply with the requirements of the statute. Requires the request to be approved and the grant to be paid.

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Bosma, Kuzman




    January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1793



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-34-3-2; (01)IN1793.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-34-3-2 , AS AMENDED BY P.L.273-1999, SECTION 187, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 2. (a) Money in the fund shall be allocated annually to libraries, including the INSPIRE project.
    (b) The Indiana library and historical board established by IC 4-23-7-2 and the budget agency may jointly make rules necessary or appropriate to the administration of this chapter.
    (c) Each library in Indiana is entitled in each calendar year to apply to the Indiana library and historical board for a grant for a technology project. From time to time, but not more often than semiannually, the Indiana library and historical board shall make recommendations to the budget agency as to grants from the Indiana technology fund. After review by the budget committee established by IC 4-12-1-3 and approval by the governor, the budget agency may allot money to the Indiana library and historical board for the grants.
     (d) A public library may make a request for a grant to comply with the requirements of IC 20-14-14-2. A grant request from a

public library under this subsection shall be approved and a grant shall be paid to the public library making the request.

SOURCE: IC 4-34-3-4; (01)IN1793.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 4-34-3-4 , AS AMENDED BY P.L.273-1999, SECTION 188, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 4. (a) Money in the fund shall be allocated annually to the intelenet commission (IC 5-21-2-1) to make matching grants to school corporations or to make payments directly to vendors for Internet connections and related equipment for a school corporation. The intelenet commission shall develop a plan to implement grants under this section. The budget committee shall review the plan. The budget agency must approve of the plan.
     (b) A school corporation may make a request for a grant to comply with the requirements of IC 20-10.1-30-2. Notwithstanding section 6(2) of this chapter, a grant request from a school corporation under this subsection shall be approved and a grant shall be paid to the school corporation making the request.
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-30; (01)IN1793.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-10.1-30 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]:
     Chapter 30. Computer Access by Minors
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "public access computer" means a computer that is:
        (1) located in a public school;
        (2) frequently or regularly used directly by a minor; and
        (3) connected to any computer communication system.
    Sec. 2. A school corporation that provides a public access computer shall do either or both of the following:
        (1) Equip the computer with software that will limit the ability of a minor to gain access to materials determined under this chapter to be inappropriate for minors.
        (2) Purchase Internet connectivity from an Internet service provider that provides filter services to limit access to materials determined under this chapter to be inappropriate for minors.
    Sec. 3. (a) At least one (1) time each year, the governing body of a school corporation shall hold a public meeting to determine the following:
        (1) How the school corporation will comply with the requirements of section 2 of this chapter.
        (2) What materials are considered inappropriate for minors so that the software or filter used by the school corporation can be set so as to prevent a minor who uses a public access

computer from gaining access to those materials.
    (b) During the public meeting held under this section, the governing body shall provide reasonable opportunity for full public testimony on the determinations to be made under subsection (a).
    (c) The governing body may adjourn the meeting held under this section to another date and time announced to the public before adjournment.
    (d) At the meeting or an adjourned meeting held under this section, the governing body shall make the determinations required by subsection (a) to reflect the community's standards regarding materials that are inappropriate for minors as evidenced during the meeting. The governing body shall determine that material that is unlawful to possess under Indiana law is material inappropriate for minors.

SOURCE: IC 20-14-14; (01)IN1793.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 20-14-14 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]:
     Chapter 14. Computer Access by Minors
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "public access computer" means a computer that is:
        (1) located in a public library;
        (2) frequently or regularly used directly by a minor; and
        (3) connected to any computer communication system.
    Sec. 2. A public library that provides a public access computer shall do either or both of the following:
        (1) Equip the computer with software that will limit the ability of a minor to gain access to materials determined under this chapter to be inappropriate for minors.
        (2) Purchase Internet connectivity from an Internet service provider that provides filter services to limit access to materials determined under this chapter to be inappropriate for minors.
    Sec. 3. (a) At least one (1) time each year, the library board shall hold a public meeting to determine the following:
        (1) How the public library will comply with the requirements of section 2 of this chapter.
        (2) What materials are considered inappropriate for minors so that the software or filter used by the public library can be set so as to prevent a minor who uses a public access computer from gaining access to those materials.
    (b) During the public meeting held under this section, the

library board shall provide reasonable opportunity for full public testimony on the determinations to be made under subsection (a).
    (c) The library board may adjourn the meeting held under this section to another date and time announced to the public before adjournment.
    (d) At the meeting or an adjourned meeting held under this section, the library board shall make the determinations required by subsection (a) to reflect the community's standards regarding materials that are inappropriate for minors as evidenced during the meeting. The library board shall determine that material that is unlawful to possess under Indiana law is material inappropriate for minors.