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Florida House declares pornography a health risk

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Published: Jan. 18, 2018 at 10:41 AM EST
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By: Associated Press

February 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Legislature is declaring pornography as a health risk.

The state's House of Representatives approved the resolution by a voice vote on Tuesday. The resolution states a need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography.

Republican Rep. Ross Spano says there is research that finds a connection between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, forming and maintaining intimate relationships and deviant sexual behavior. Spano is also a candidate for attorney general.

Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith asked Spano why there was an immediate need to pass the resolution and countered that there are more important bills and topics that should be taken up by the Legislature

A similar resolution is in the state Senate and has yet to be heard in a committee.


By: Associated Press

January 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A resolution moving through the Florida House would declare pornography a health risk.

The House Health & Human Services Committee overwhelmingly approved the resolution Thursday. It states the need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians from pornography.

Republican Rep. Ross Spano is sponsoring the resolution. He told the committee that pornography is readily available to children through smartphones and exposure to explicit material is harming them.

After the meeting, he said he isn't sure what policy changes the state should make, but said acknowledging the problem is a first step. Spano is also a candidate for attorney general.

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