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Bill Detail: SB19-048

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Title Protect Students From Harmful Material
Status Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (01/23/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors K. Ransom (R)
Senate Sponsors C. Holbert (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/07/2019
Description

The bill requires an entity that provides electronically accessible
educational materials to a public school or school district to equip the
materials with computer software or a filter service that prohibits access
to material that is harmful to children or obscene. A parent or legal
guardian may bring a civil action against an entity that provides
electronically accessible educational materials and that violates this

requirement if the parent's child viewed material that is harmful to a child
or obscene through the material provided by the entity. The parent or
legal guardian is entitled to injunctive relief, the greater of a fine in the
range of $1,000 to $5,000 for each violation or actual damages incurred
as a result of each violation, exemplary damages, and reasonable attorney
fees and costs. It is an affirmative defense if the entity equips the
materials with computer software or a filter service that prohibits access
to material that is harmful to children or obscene.
The bill requires each school district or public school to ensure that
any database provided by an entity accessible to students is equipped with
computer software or a filter service that prohibits access to material that
is harmful to children or obscene by that entity, and each computer or
other electronic device that a student may have access to is equipped with
computer software or a filter service that prohibits access to material that
is harmful to children or obscene.

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