A South Carolina Senate bill that would have held the state's public libraries criminally liable for allowing children to view smut on the internet has stalled. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee decided to not deal with the bill after a public hearing in early March.

"I'm confident it [the bill] won't go anywhere," said Jim Johnson, director of the South Carolina State Library.

A second bill that would have required that all libraries install internet filtering software was revised to require libraries to have an internet policy designed to hinder people from using the internet for obscenity....

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