House approves warnings for explicit e-mail

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Some e-mails containing sexually explicit materials could be more easily blocked or deleted under a measure approved in the House on Monday.

House Bill 82 requires some unsolicited commercial e-mails containing explicit materials to include the letters ''ADV:ADLT'' as the first eight characters in the subject line.

The bill would make it easier for people to filter out unsolicited e-mails containing sexually explicit material or links to pornography sites, said the bill's sponsor Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage.

The bill goes after unsolicited commercial e-mails sent from computers in Alaska or sent to someone that the sender knows is a resident of the state. A violation of the proposed law could create a civil action against the sender.

At least nine other states require similar notification and a number of other states have pending legislation tackling the same issue, Meyer said.

House Bill 82 was approved in the House 31-0. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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