Oklahoma HB 2054

Oklahoma HB 2054 modifies the crime of prostitution to include knowingly offering to pay a fee to another person for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct. The measure makes it unlawful for any person who pays a fee for a sexual encounter to publish a review of that sexual encounter or to publish a review of the pubic area, buttocks, or breasts experienced in the sexual encounter on a website that facilitates, encourages, offers, solicits or promotes sexual conduct with another for a fee. The crime is a felony punishable by not more than 3 years to life imprisonment and or a fine of up to $1,000 for the first offense.

Latest Action: Approved by the Governor on May 22, 2023
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Alabama HB 441

This bill is a copycat of Louisiana's age verification law with a couple of additions:

  • Adult sites would have to register with Alabama and pay a one-time registration fee and an annual license fee each year thereafter. 
  • The Alabama Attorney General can prosecute sites that do not comply, fining them up to $2,000 per violation.

Becomes effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

Latest Action: Indefinitely Postponed on May 30, 2023
Deadline: June 15, 2023

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Introduced
Passed First Committee
Passed First Chamber
Passed Both Committees
Passed Both Chambers
Signed
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Read the Bill: version 1 version 2
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North Carolina Pornography Age Verification Enforcement Act

House Bill 534 would enact the "Pornography Age Verification Enforcement Act" or PAVE Act. It would require commercial entities that publish or distribute "material harmful to minors" on internet websites to verify that a person seeking to access the material is 18 by requiring the person to comply with a commercial age verification system that verifies using government-issued identification or public or private transactional data.

The Attorney General would be authorized to conduct investigations of the alleged failure to use a required system and provide the commercial entity with at least 30 days to comply with the requirement. If the entity fails to comply, the Attorney General could initiate a civil action in the Superior Court of Wake County to assess civil penalties. Civil penalties could be assessed as follows:
• $5,000 for each day of violation.
• An additional $10,000 for each violation, at the request of the Attorney General.
Civil penalties collected would be remitted to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund.

This act would become effective January 1, 2024, and apply to websites accessed on or after that date.

Latest Action: Passed House Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2023
Deadline: June 30, 2024

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Passed First Committee
Passed First Chamber
Passed Both Committees
Passed Both Chambers
Signed
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Kids Online Safety Act 2023

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) is a well-intentioned bill that attempts to address a serious issue – the exposure of children to harmful material online – in a way that dangerously violates the First Amendment right to free expression.

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Latest Action: Introduced on May 2, 2023
Deadline: January 7, 2025

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Passed First Committee
Passed First Chamber
Passed Both Committees
Passed Both Chambers
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Read the Bill: US S 1409
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SAFE Banking Act of 2023

This bill generally prohibits a federal banking regulator from penalizing a depository institution for providing banking services to a legitimate cannabis-related business. It also includes language that bars banks from terminating accounts if the reason is solely based on reputation risk.

Latest Action: Introduced on April 26, 2023
Deadline: January 7, 2024

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Passed First Committee
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Passed Both Committees
Passed Both Chambers
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Read the Bill: US SB 1323 US HR 2891
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EARN IT Act (2023)

The EARN IT Act allows federal and state governments to prosecute, and victims to sue, a site or service if CSAM is uploaded onto the platform. While the prevention of CSAM is a worthy goal, under the EARN IT Act, a platform may become legally liable for any uploads of illegal content, no matter how aggressively they work to block it.

Latest Action: Senate Judiciary committee ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. on May 3, 2023
Deadline: January 7, 2025

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Passed First Chamber

Passed Both Committees

Passed Both Chambers

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Read the Bill: US S 1207 US HR 2732
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North Carolina SB 1620 / HB 781

Prohibits banks from denying any person that is engaged in a lawful activity a financial product or service based on a personal, ideological, moral, or political opinion.

Latest Action: Passed first committee on April 26, 2023
Deadline: June 30, 2024

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Introduced

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Passed Both Chambers

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Read the Bill: NC SB 369 NC HB 781
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Florida SB 1620

This bill is kind of an anti-porn omnibus. It:

  • includes Louisiana AVS copycat language
  • redefines "harmful to minors" as anything depicting nudity, sexual conduct, or sexual excitement, including, but not limited to, pubic hair, the anus, the vulva, genitals, or the nipple of the female breast; touching, caressing, or fondling of nipples, breasts, buttocks, anuses, or genitals; or sexual intercourse, masturbation, sodomy, bestiality, oral copulation, flagellation, excretory functions, or any other sexual act or exhibition.
  • requires state to fund technology and pornography addiction assessments for children
  • requires Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse to make recommendations on how service providers and school districts can best identify, treat, and serve children suffering from technology addiction or pornography addiction
  • requires psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and physician assistants to complete training on the treatment of technology addiction and pornography addiction
  • requires warning label on "digital devices" claiming that they are addictive

If passed, would take effect July 1, 2023

Latest Action: Died in commitee on May 5, 2023
Deadline: May 5, 2023

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Passed First Committee

Passed First Chamber

Passed Both Committees

Passed Both Chambers

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Alabama HB 298

This bill would require manufacturers of Internet-enabled devices to automatically activate existing filters on the devices to prevent users from accessing material harmful to minors, including pornography, without a device passcode, and would provide civil penalties for a violation.

Latest Action: Failed to pass before the end of the legislative session on June 6, 2023
Deadline: June 6, 2023

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Introduced

Passed First Committee

Passed First Chamber

Passed Both Committees

Passed Both Chambers

Signed

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Maine LD 1546

Prohibits banks from denying any person a financial service the financial institution offers except to the extent justified by such person’s documented failure to meet quantitative, impartial risk-based financial standards established in advance by the financial institution.

Latest Action: Referred to committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services on April 6, 2023
Deadline: May 5, 2023

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Introduced

Passed First Committee

Passed First Chamber

Passed Both Committees

Passed Both Chambers

Signed

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