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Bill gives parents control of networking sites

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm •  Published: May 2, 2013

"This information should not be available and posted on the Internet," Corbett said before Thursday's vote. "It would allow stalker to know where an adult or child physically is living and even provide a direct opportunity for a criminal to commit identity theft."

Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, said he opposed the bill because verification would be too burdensome for social networking companies to verify a user and his or her parent.

"I know for a fact that this bill is not fully cooked," Anderson said.

While the bill passed mostly on party lines, Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, voted no, and several Democrats abstained from the vote.

The bill is supported by law enforcement groups such as the California State Sheriff's Association and the Peace Officers Research Association of California. It also has support from child abuse prevention groups.