In an effort to make Louisiana Government offices less offensive, a new proposal has been introduced that would ban pornography on all state-owned computers.  Senate Bill 391 would require administrators to install filters to block access to any sites deemed "sexually explicit, pornographic, or sexually harassing" on all government computers."  The proposal is a response to reports that Louisiana has paid out around $5.2 million in 84 lawsuits involving sexual harassment claims since the middle of 2009.

While that seems like it should be common sense not to look at porn at work, it isn't.  Republican senator Beth Mizell thinks the problem is so common, she introduced the bill that would require the restrictive software installed on every state computer.  However, some folks think the law would be too restrictive and would like to make a few exceptions.

A measure in the bill now excludes state run universities, like LSUS, from the restriction.  According to NOLA.com, the exemption is based on the cost of implementation - which could run as high as $100,000.  The exemption was added after several universities complained about the cost and the fact that it would run counter to their policy of allowing free and open access to information.

Even though many agencies throughout the state have some type of software in place that restricts access to pornography, there is no law requiring it.