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Chris Sevier, an anti-pornography activist who also uses the names Chris Severe, Mark Severe, and Mark Sevier.

Man Behind Proposed “Porn Vending Machines” Law in North Dakota at It Again, This Time in Rhode Island

Man Behind Proposed “Porn Vending Machines” Law in North Dakota at It Again, This Time in Rhode Island

Back during the 2017 legislative session I flagged a bizarre piece of legislation, introduced by Bismarck Republican Lawrence Klemin, which would have (among other things) required that every internet-capable device sold in North Dakota be equipped with porn filtering by default. HB1185, which would have defined internet-capable devices as “porn vending machines”, was ultimately withdrawn from

State Rep. Lawrence Klemin, a Republican from Bismarck, requests that his proposed internet censorship legislation be withdrawn.

No Time Is Ever the Right Time to Propose Censorship Legislation

My Sunday newspaper column was about a collection of embarrassing incidents here at the dawn of the 2017 legislative session, among them the introduction (and subsequent withdrawal) of a bipartisan internet censorship bill which would have required a content filter for every internet capable device sold in our state. The legislation – which would have

North Dakota Legislature Withdraws “Porn Vending Machine” Internet Censorship Bill

Yesterday I wrote about HB1185, legislation which would have defined every internet-capable device in North Dakota as a “pornography vending machine.” It also would have required that those devices come with technology to filter the internet, something adults must pay $20 to disable. Today – ironically as I was interviewing one of the bill’s backer’s

ND Legislation Would Classify Your Internet Connected Device as a “Pornographic Vending Machine”

Under the sweeping restrictions imposed by HB1185, currently before the 2017 legislative session in Bismarck, any device which is capable of connecting to the internet would be classified a “pornographic vending machine.” The legislation would also mandate content filters for these devices blocking “obscene material or obscene performances” is in place. If you want the filter

Rep. Cramer Calls For FCC To Uphold Decency Standards

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer sent the letter below to the FCC today opposing a move by the agency to relax decency standards. This comes in the wake of the FCC giving Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz a pass on his emotional and profane speech in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “We

What If Banning Violent Video Games Makes Americans More Violent?

A Utah Democrat wants to crack down on violent video games as a way to address violent crimes: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced a bill this week that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The Supreme Court struck down a similar California law in 2011, ruling that the restriction violated the

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