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Virginia Net policies taking center stage

Lawmakers aim to attract high-tech firms with a clear package of Net legislation, while policy issues abound and legislators look to pass up California.

Lawmakers in the "Silicon Dominion" are trying to attract high-tech companies through a seven-point package addressing online child porn, consumer privacy, fraud, and spam. Meanwhile, prominent policy questions take center stage and legislators are turning up in vital federal roles, as Virginia seeks to usurp California's position as the country's leading jurisdiction for Net policy.

Virginia proposes Net policy act
update Lawmakers in the state are trying to attract high-tech companies through a seven-point package addressing online child porn, consumer privacy, fraud, and spam.

Virginia library moves against Net filters
update Virginia's Loudoun County Library is putting into place new Net usage rules following a federal ruling that deemed its policy of filtering online access a First Amendment violation.

Gingrich names five to Net group
The outgoing speaker ties up a loose end by appointing five members--one of them Virginia's governor--to a 19-member advisory commission that will study Net taxation issues.