I just read in ALA News that Iowa has a new bill tying state funding to library filters. Does your state have a library filtering law? According to Pam Greenberg's chart at the National Conference of State Legislatures, 15 states do. She posts an easy to read chart with summaries of the state law requirements, and links to the statutes themselves.
For example, California requires public libraries that receive state funds to adopt a policy regarding access by minors to the Internet, but there aren't any prescriptions on what the policy must say.
If your state doesn't have a library filtering law, how likely is it, do you think, that you will have one soon?
I asked Pam what she sees as the current trend, and she replied (reprinted with permission):
Several years ago, state legislatures were responding to citizen concerns by introducing and enacting legislation relating to Internet filtering or access policies in schools and libraries. But since Congress passed the Children's Internet Protection Act in 2000 and the Supreme Court upheld the law in 2003, fewer states have seen the need for legislation in this area.
Pam Greenberg NCSL