Congress gave final approval yesterday to the so-called "Can-Spam" bill, an anti-spam measure slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2004. The bill would override tougher state laws in California and elsewhere. President Bush has indicated he intends to sign the measure into law.

Thirty-six states have passed anti-spam laws. The new federal legislation would supersede all of them, including a tough new California measure that was scheduled to become law on New Year's Day.

California's law would have let internet service providers, the state's attorney general, and spam recipients themselves...

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