Pa. lawmakers push ahead on social media parental permission

A federal judge in Arkansas last month blocked a similar law from taking effect.
A line-up of Apple iPhone 13s. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers is pushing legislation to require parental permission for teens to have a social media account, despite a recent court ruling blocking a similar law in Arkansas.

State Sens. Vincent Hughes (D) and Kristin Phillips-Hill (R) introduced Senate Bill 22 earlier this year, citing concerns about youth mental health. But it languished until last week, when an amended version advanced out of the Communications and Technology Committee on a unanimous vote.

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