Kansas Senate advances Internet filtering bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas senators have advanced a bill aimed at preventing children from seeing obscene or harmful images while using the Internet in schools and public libraries.

The measure received a brief debate Tuesday before advancing to final action, set for Wednesday. The Senate Education Committee had endorsed the bill Monday.

The bill initially would have required schools and libraries to install technology, such as filters or content blockers, to prevent children from viewing all forms of pornography or other obscene or harmful material.

The committee amended the bill so that in addition to technology, schools and libraries can have a process for filtering Internet content. Committee members said the change provides flexibility.

Federal filtering requirements already exist. But backers say some libraries may not be covered by other provisions.

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