Federal Legislation
May 15, 2002

H.R. 3833-Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Background:

A bill to facilitate the creation of a new, second-level Internet domain within the United States country code domain that will be a haven for material that promotes positive experiences for children and families using the Internet, provides a safe online environment for children, and helps to prevent children from being exposed to harmful material on the Internet, and for other purposes.

Introduced March 4, 2002 by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL 20th)

Cosponsors

Status:
3/4/2002: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
3/5/2002: Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
3/7/2002: Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
3/7/2002: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote.
4/10/2002: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
5/8/2002: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
5/21/2002: Mr.Upton moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
5/21/2002: Considered under suspension of the rules.
5/21/2002: The Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
5/21/2002: Considered as unfinished business.
5/21/2002: Motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 406-2.
5/21/2002: Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5/22/2002: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.R. 3833 and Rep. Shimkus's goal to provide a means for certain websites to be cataloged much as a book would be in a library-in a section specifically intended for a certain audience. Unlike the World Wide Web, this second-level domain within the United States country code domain will be monitored constantly to protect children from pornography, etc. The proposed Internet second-level domain will be completely voluntary, available for parents and children to use however they see fit.

 Other Resources

H.R. 3833 (pdf)

Shimkus' Internet Child Protection Bill Passes House