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Indiana Senate advances bill that would impact what materials will be in libraries

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The Indiana Senate is advancing a bill that would impact what materials will be in libraries.

The Republican-backed bill passed on a 34 to 15 vote this week and now moves to the Indiana House for consideration.

If passed, the legislation would remove education purposes as a reason that libraries and public schools could keep materials that some consider harmful to minors.

The bill’s author says the proposed measure would follow the state’s already existing criteria that has to be met for a book to be removed from student access.

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Charles U Farley February 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm

The schools and libraries could have continued to use common sense and regulated themselves as they have for decades, and this law would not even be on the table. Frankly, they did this to themselves by ignoring the wishes of the parents and citizens that they allegedly serve.

David Johnson February 6, 2022 at 7:08 pm

Removing the reasoning of “educational purposes” will eliminate the availability of the material for all adults as well by removing the material from the library itself. Unless I have misunderstood the meaning of, ” impact what materials will be in libraries”. I do not know what material is being targeted, but “harmful to minors” does not and should not be a factor in what is or is not available to an adult.

Thor February 7, 2022 at 1:07 pm

That’s right, citizens who have to pay for their ‘service’ and have little or no say about what the Libraries spend their money on.


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