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Md. Lawmakers Vote to Require Reports on University Porn Policies

Budget negotiators from the Maryland General Assembly agreed this afternoon to require reports from public universities about their policies on displaying or screening pornographic films. But the provision adopted by lawmakers does not make university funding contingent on the report.

The move appeared designed to contain a burgeoning controversy over the showing of a XXX film on the University of Maryland's flagship campus at College Park.

Last week, Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) proposed a budget amendment on the Senate floor that would have withheld $424 million in state aid to the university if administrators allowed the film to be shown. The amendment was withdrawn after the screening was canceled. Upon word that students planned to show the movie anyway, Harris has been threatening another amendment that could deny construction funds to the university.

The language adopted today by a joint House-Senate conference committee says the legislature "is concerned about the use of public higher education facilities to display or screen materials and films that are defined as obscene by the U.S. Supreme Court for purely entertainment purposes."

The provision asks for reports on policies for showing such films by Sept. 1 from the University System of Maryland and other public universities.

Both the full House and Senate are expected to vote in coming days on the state operating budget to which the provision was added.

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 7, 2009; 5:37 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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I can't believe that the college would allow this. Okay, maybe I can. Anyone not living in a cave knows that colleges have become so crazily liberal. I graduated in 1998 and I will never forget going to the college health office barely able to walk from illness, begging for cough medicine (which the nurse told me I should walk to student center to get- I could barely walk from fever and chills). Yet, she was quick to ask if I was sexually active and to offer me condoms. There was condom bingo or a similar game in the dorms nearly every night. Oh, and P.S. when we put up republican signs on the college campus, one of the professors instructed maintenance to take down all the signs...what we did was legal since the college is public property... So XXX...I guess I shouldn't be surprised. The world is changing and it isn't always for the better. There is enough temptation on college campuses without XXX...

Posted by: iamprincessg | April 7, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

iamprincessg, why are you here? shouldn't you be busy reading fox news, taking away women's rights, and killing puppies? free speech is such a crazy liberal idea. we wouldn't want that in our higher education. and condoms, oh no. those kids never heard of sex before this movie screening. next thing you know, the same people who want to do something as sooo unnatural as sex will be the ones arbitrarily colonizing countries, creating whole nations of terrorists—oh's called logic, honey. it will serve you better than your superstitious, antiquated morals which are in reality are cruel, inhuman, and unethical.

Posted by: colindraser | April 8, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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