Rep. Richard Hanna

FILE - Former Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, during a visit in 2011 to North Brook Farms in Auburn.

One of the biggest (if not THE biggest) news stories Wednesday: The blackout some websites have participated in, most notably Wikipedia, to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). 

On Twitter, if you search "Richard Hanna," you will find many people sending out an automatic tweet stating that they have contacted Hanna asking him to oppose SOPA. 

Today, I contacted Hanna's office to get his position on SOPA and his spokeswoman, Renee Gamela, sent over this statement.

"Rep. Hanna is not a co-sponsor of SOPA. The legislation is still under consideration by the Judiciary Committee and is not currently expected to come for a vote in the House.

"Rep. Hanna is listening to the debate and appreciates the outpouring of constituent input. Rep. Hanna believes strongly in the importance of free speech and a vibrant Internet and will remain cautious when considering any attempts to limit either."

The legislation is an interesting example of a bipartisan effort (a rare effort in the current political environment). SOPA is sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican. The Senate's version of the bill, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (or PIPA), is sponsored by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. 

Only one New York congressman -- Rep. Bill Owens -- has co-sponsored the bill in the House, but both of New York's U.S. senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, have co-sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

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