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4270Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20010606Primary Sponsor: HaskinsAll Sponsors: Haskins and TownsendDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\nbd\11881ac01.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20010607Subject: Children's Internet Protection Act, school districts to apply for federal funding for safety policies; Computers, MinorsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20010607 Received from Senate Senate 20010607 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence House 20010607 Adopted, sent to Senate House 20010607 Committee report: Favorable 24 HIMR House 20010606 Introduced, referred to Committee 24 HIMR Versions of This Bill
TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO NOTIFY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHEN FEDERAL FUNDING IS AVAILABLE UNDER THE CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT AND TO URGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO APPLY FOR FUNDING THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER THE CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT TO IMPLEMENT INTERNET SAFETY POLICY.
Whereas, under federal law in order for schools to receive discounts for Internet access and internal connection services under the universal service support mechanism, school authorities must certify that they are enforcing a policy of internet safety that includes the means to block or filter Internet access for students to certain visual depictions and monitor the online activities of students; and
Whereas, in order to receive these discounts, school authorities must also certify that they have adopted and implemented an Internet safety policy addressing specific issues; and
Whereas, for this funding year, schools must certify by October 28, 2001, that they have the policies and technology measures in place, or that they are undertaking such actions, including any necessary procurement procedures, to put them in place for the following funding year; and
Whereas, federal funding to meet these requirements to receive discounts will be available to schools under the federal Children's Internet Protection Act; and
Whereas, with such federal funding available to schools to put Internet filtering mechanisms and access and monitoring devices in place, it is imperative that South Carolina schools avail themselves of this funding opportunity to ensure the safety and protection of all South Carolina school children. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, request the Department of Education to notify each school district when federal funding becomes available under the federal Children's Internet Protection Act, and each school district is urged to apply for this funding to put measures in place to filter or block Internet access for students to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors and to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Superintendent of the Department of Education who is requested to distribute the resolution to the superintendents of all school districts.
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