Child Protection Registry Moved to New Office

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan program that families can use to block adult-oriented ads from kids' email, cellphones and instant messenger accounts is being moved to a different state agency.
Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed an executive order transferring the Child Protection Registry from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to the secretary of state's office in 60 days.
Snyder says the Department of State has a broader reach and extensive experience interacting with parents and students through driver education functions.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the registry has been active for more than nine years. Registered addresses and numbers are protected from messages that advertise pornography, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol and gambling.