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Computer Crime Bill Gains Preliminary Approval in House

February 10, 2000
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

A computer crime bill has won first round approval in the Missouri House. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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The bill covers an assortment of computer crimes, from privacy to pornography.

Part of the bill allows law enforcement to obtain warrants to find computer child pornography without first holding a hearing to determine if the matter is obscene.

Representative Jon Bennett of St. Charles voiced concern...

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Contents: BENNETT SAYS HE'S WORRIED ABOUT POLICE GOING INTO PRIVATE COMPUTERS WITHOUT JUST CAUSE.

Despite Bennett's worries, preliminary approval was given. Now, the bill faces one more House vote before moving on to the Senate.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

An extensive computer crime bill gained preliminary approval in the Missouri House. Kyle Elfrink has that story from Jefferson City.

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Although first round approval was granted, legislators questioned many areas of the bill

A portion of the bill requires school libraries that provide computer access to students, to use software or written policies that prevent access of pornography.

Vicky Wilson of Columbia, questioned the provision ...

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Contents: WILSON SAYS CURRENT COMPUTER SOFTWARE IS INADEQUATE IN BLOCKING WHAT IS AND IS NOT PORNOGRAPHY.

Despite Wilson's protests, the bill received preliminary approval and now faces one more vote in the House before heading to the Senate.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.