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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to Challenge Indiana Law HB 1042

According to an interview at The Comics Reporter, Charles Brownstein, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director, the Fund appears to be poised to challenge the new Indiana law requiring any retailer, new or existing, that would sell sexually explicit materials to register with the Secretary of State:

And we have urged the Media Coalition to support a challenge to Indiana’s new harmful to minors store registration law. The law, H.B. 1042 would require any new retailer or any existing retailer that relocates after June 30 which sells or intends to sell even one item which is harmful to minors to register with the Secretary of State. Notification would include a list detailing the types of material sold or intended to be sold. The Secretary of State would then notify local governing bodies and any appropriate zoning authority of the retailer’s registration. There is a $250 fee to register and noncompliance is a class B misdemeanor. The law goes into effect July 1. This law is a clear and present danger to comics retailers throughout the state, and one we intend to fight. We will have news about our involvement in a challenge soon.

Via The Comics Reporter.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. (Jān)
    May 02, 2008 @ 17:05:52

    They’re a good group. I hope people continue to support them. The idea of thought crimes being legislated (what they typically fight) because people don’t like drawings in a comic book is frightening, and I’m glad there are organizations that stand up to it.

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