Just before Congress left for its August recess, several developments occurred that brought eRate applicants a few steps closer to an internet filtering requirement. Requiring filters in exchange for eRate discounts or other federal technology grants is an issue that is likely to heat up again when legislators return to Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 1999.

On July 28, the Senate appointed Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Strom Thurmond (R-SC), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as conferees on H.R. 1501, the Juvenile Justice bill.

H.R. 1501


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