Suggestion 8

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
7

Community action organizations are encouraged to remain informed of developments in obscenity and pornography-related laws and may wish, when appropriate, to lobby for legislative changes and initiatives.

In many, if not most jurisdictions, the unfettered flow of obscenity is a direct product of the laxity of enforcement, rather than the inadequacy of law.

Citizens are urged to encourage the enforcement of existing laws before they attempt to introduce new legislation. If the laws themselves prove to be inadequate, then the community should identify and adopt more effective statutes. Citizens should, therefore, carefully assess the obstacles to enforcement.

See Chapter 27 for examples of state statutes which have been determined to be constitutional by state and federal courts. Chapter 27 also contains possible amendments to federal statutes which reflect Commission recommendations. As with state laws, federal statutes should be updated as the pornography industry moves into new areas of technology and consumption not presently addressed by existing laws.