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A new state law that requires sellers of adult material to register with the state has Hoosier bookstore owners fuming about government censorship and threatening a legal challenge.
"This lumps us in with businesses that sell things that you can't even mention in a family newspaper," said Ernie Ford, owner of Fine Print Book Store in Greencastle.
Ford was talking about House Enrolled Act 1042, which Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law last week. Ford was one of 15 independent Indiana booksellers who signed a letter last week urging Daniels to veto the legislation.
The new law that takes effect July 1 requires businesses that sell sexually explicit material to pay a $250 fee and register with the secretary of state, which would then pass the information to municipal or county officials so they can monitor the businesses for potential violations of local ordinances.
"The way we read this bill, if you stock a single book with sexual content -- even a novel or a book about sex education -- you will have to register as a business that sells sexually explicit material," said Chris Finan, president of American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
"This is just outrageous from our standpoint, and we believe it is a violation of the First Amendment."
The law's definition of sexually explicit material refers to Indiana Code 35-49-2-2, which describes "matter or (a) performance harmful to minors" if:
»1. It describes or represents, in any form, nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse.
»2. Considered as a whole, it appeals to the prurient interest in sex of minors.
»3. It is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable matter for or performance before minors.
»4. Considered as a whole, it lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors/
The bill was aimed specifically at helping counties that do not have zoning ordinances track businesses selling sexually explicit material...
...targeting adult stores popping up in rural areas along interstates in Southern Indiana.
4. Considered as a whole, it lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors
Originally posted by Nailer
Lets see , our government says you will not be able to travel by plane unless you have a "Real ID" within a couple months, Hitler banned travel.
The Government is saying you cant sell certain books unless you register and pay a fee, Hitler has book burning parties and bans certain books.
USA working to become the Best Biggest NAZI Nation there is. Look out as soon you will not be able to go 2 blocks without a soldier or cop saying " Papers please".
Originally posted by rhawkins
What no more Judy Bloom, how will I teach my kids about sex,lol. But seriously I work in what is defined as the sex trade (Im a dj at a gentelmans club) and I will tell you that laws like this are ALWAYS popping up to try to control and regulate and the fact that this happened in Indy comes as no supprise to me at all. Its more of a morality (in there eyes) control than anything else. I have seen WAY to many of these laws pop up only to be full of loopholes because sometimes the vague wording in these things works in OUR favor.
Originally posted by whaaa
Books being screened by the self appointed censors and upholders of morality, the county officials, so they can monitor for violations.
Can the WWW. be far behind?