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 violence toward women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography."
    The resolution has no punishing powers; it doesn't specifically ban pornography in the state.