Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs resolution calling porn a 'health hazard'

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to sign the two pieces of legislation at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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  • Resolution declares that pornography creates a public health hazard that treats "women as objects and commodities"
  • A separate bill would compel computer technicians to report cases of child pornography if detected

(CNN)A state with a national reputation for wholesomeness is taking aim at a medium with quite a different reputation: the pornography industry.

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed two pieces of legislation on Tuesday that aim to combat what's called "a sexually toxic environment" caused by porn.
"Pornography is a public health crisis. Today I signed two bills that will bring its dangers to light. S.C.R. 9 calls for additional research and education so that more individuals and families are aware of the harmful effects of pornography," said Herbert on the governor's Facebook page.
    One is technically a resolution, and the other one is a bill:
    -- S.C.R. 9 Concurrent Resolution on the Public Health Crisis.
    This resolution declares that pornography is "a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms."
    The resolution claims Utah would be the first state in the nation to make such a declaration.
    It cites what is says are numerous detrimental effects of porn, including the treatment of "women as objects and commodities for the viewer's use."
    It also says pornography "equates violenc