Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7248

January Session, 2007

 

LCO No. 4612

 

*04612_______KID*

Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Children

 

Introduced by:

 

(KID)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PROHIBITION OF MUSIC WITH VIOLENT LYRICS IN SCHOOLS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2007) (a) As used in this section: (1) "Sound recording" means a work that results from the fixation on a material object of a series of musical, spoken or other sounds, regardless of the format of the material object, such as a disk, tape, phonograph record or other media, in which the sounds are embodied, and (2) "violent lyrics" means a sound recording that contains explicit sexual or violent material or detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of explicit sexual or violent material which, taken as a whole (A) predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, (B) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community, as a whole, with respect to what is suitable material for minors, and (C) is utterly without redeeming social importance for minors.

(b) Each local and regional board of education shall authorize the administration of the schools under its direction to prohibit students from bringing to school or listening in school to any sound recording that contains violent lyrics. The administration may use The Recording Industry Association of America's warning label, "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" placed on the outside package of the sound recording, to determine whether a sound recording contains violent lyrics.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2007

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To prohibit music with violent lyrics from being brought into public schools.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]