Utah moves to axe “porn czar” position

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah’s porn czar has been on the books since 2000, but has been vacant for most of that time.

The Utah state House voted to pass a bill removing the position this week; the Senate is expected to do the same in coming days or weeks.

“It became kind of a media laughing stock — Jay Leno back in the day, they were making jokes about it,” said State Sen. Todd Weiler.

The position was a first, nationwide. It was technically titled The Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman.

The state stopped funding the position shortly after that law passed; but now, Weiler says it’s time for that position to be eliminated altogether.

“It wasn’t viable, it wasn’t a good use of our resources,” said Weiler.

“We’re trying to educate people. We’re trying to make sure that kids are safe. But we’re not going to send out a prosecutor to look for stores and businesses to sue.”
 

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