In Louisiana, House Bill 1236 was introduced in the 1997 session by Representative R.H. "Bill" Strain (D) Abita Springs. HB1236 prohibits the intentional sale or distribution of "lyrics harmful to minors" to an unmarried person under the age of 17 at a commercial establishment; further prohibits the purchase of such lyrics by an unmarried person under the age of 17.

The proposed law defines "lyrics harmful to minors" as any phonographic record, album, cassette, compact disc, or tape recording, which has as its basic theme the advocation or encouragement of rape, incest, bestiality, sadomasochism, prostitution, homocide, unlawful ritualistic acts, suicide, the commission of crimes because of the victims sex, race, color, religion, or national origin, the use of controlled dangerous substances, or the unlawful use of alcohol, and which has a label or other indicator that its lyrics may be explicit.

The proposed law provides a penalty of a fine of not more than $2000. If passed, HB1236 will become effective on January 1, 1998. Representative Strain and/or his Legislative Assistant Sonya Newman can be reached for your comments at 504-893-6246.

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