NY Lawmakers Push To Make Viewing Child Pornography Illegal

May 16, 2012 Updated May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 16, 2012 Updated May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) – New York State lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill to make it illegal to view child pornography. Believe it or not, it’s not currently against the law in New York State.

Just a few weeks ago, a State Court of Appeals ruled a ‘loophole’ in the law that allows people to view child porn. This put lawmakers in a panic.

The ruling states people legally can view images but not save, distribute or print them. In response, the New York State Senate passed legislation to make viewing child pornography on the Internet a crime, Tuesday night.

This bill will now be rushed to the Assembly for a vote. The legislation would make it illegal to view any sexual act involving children younger than sixteen years of age.

“This legislation sends a strong message that watching child pornography for any reason is completely unacceptable,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said.

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