Bill Recognizing Porn as 'Public Health Crisis' Fails in Wyoming

Bill Recognizing Porn as 'Public Health Crisis' Fails in Wyoming
Rhett Pardon

CHEYENNE, Wy. — A Wyoming bill that would have recognized porn as a “public health crisis” failed in the 2018 session of the state Legislature, which ended Friday.

The bill, House Joint Resolution 1, failed to gain traction and wasn’t considered for introduction vote. It was first put on the state's legislative slate in late December and was received for introduction in February.

HJ1 was typical of various “public health crisis” bills that have made their way across the nation.

Wyoming’s bill, introduced by House Representative Lars O. Lone, would have made official language stating porn increases the demand for sex trafficking, impacts brain development and functioning, diminishes the interest of young men in getting married and creates infidelity, among other statements.  

Another porn bill, House Bill 127, also sponsored by Lone, failed to win support, as well.

HB 127 would have ordered the installation of porn blocking software on all computers sold in the state to prevent the viewing of “obscene” material as defined by the state Attorney General's office.

Buyers who were at least 18 years old could have requested in writing that the software be removed, according to the bill.