Arizona lawmakers passed and Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2165, which adds e-books to the state statute restricting what public-library circulation records can be disclosed.
The new law goes into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends.
Once the law goes into effect, libraries cannot disclose any record of print or e-books that identifies which specific materials a patron used unless it is necessary for the reasonable operation of the library, the patron has given written consent, a court orders it or another law requires it.
The law passed nearly unanimously and was supported by an unusual mix of lobbyists: the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Arizona Library Association and a grass-roots pro-Second Amendment group, the Arizona Citizens Defense League.
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