Maryland State Board of Censors

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The Maryland State Board of Censors was a three-member state agency created in 1916 required to view all films to be shown in the state, and decide whether or not the films were "moral and proper."[1] Without approval of the agency, a film could not be legally shown in Maryland.[1] The agency was also charged with enforcing their decisions.

One agency decision against a film led to the Supreme Court case Freedman v. Maryland, 380 U.S. 51 (1965), which placed significant restrictions on state censorship statutes.[citation needed]

In 1970 the authority of the State Board of Censors was assigned to the newly created Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "State history of Maryland State Board of Censors." Maryland State Archives. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.