SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (GOOD 4 UTAH) Tuesday Governor Herbert spotlighted two pieces of legislature he signed back in March. Now Utah is the first state in the nation to declare pornography a public health crisis.

The ceremonious signing has gained national attention for SCR 9 Concurrent Resolution, which declared pornography a public health hazard.

“We need to do what prime minister David  Cameron has done in England and encourage our internet service providers to make our internet settings porn free and make people opt into pornography.” said Senator Todd Weiler, SCR9 sponsor.

The resolution  does not make pornography illegal. Rather, it is intended to inform the public of the potential risks associated with it and requires education, prevention and research to protect children from those potential risks.
    
“If we love our children we have to do something now. These bills and this resolution, it’s just the beginning,” said Pamela Atkinson with the Utah Coalition Against Pornography. 

Though the resolution holds no legal bearing, House Bill 155 does and  requires that computer technicians must report child pornography if they come across it.

“This is already happened in some form or fashion in 12 other states and Utah is now state number 13 that has this requirement,” said Rep. Craig Hall, Chief Sponsor of HB 155.

Regardless of legalities, both bills  are meant to protect children.

“If a library or McDonald’s or anyone else were giving out cigarettes to our children we would be  picketing them and yet our children our accessing pornography on their tablets at these sites and we seem to be ok with that.  It’s not ok, we must take action,” said Weiler.

Senator Weiler also called on legislators across the country to join in the fight against pornography to eventually take it to Washington D.C.