Report: “House Kills Budget for Idaho Commission for Libraries, Amid Concerns About ‘Pornography'”
From the Idaho Press:
The House has just killed the third version of a budget for the Idaho Commission for Libraries for next year on a 33-36 vote, out of concerns about pornography, though this version of the budget removes all funding for e-books for schools and also includes intent language requiring the commission to comply with Idaho obscenity laws regarding minors.
House Republicans torpedoed the budget for the Idaho Commission for Libraries Thursday afternoon. That’s due to frustrations with the Senate blocking a controversial bill that would criminalize librarians who lend “harmful materials” to minors.
Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder (R-Boise) referred to House Bill 666 as “mischief” in a press conference with reporters earlier this month.
Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) said she stands by comments she made in debating that previous bill: She would rather teach children critical race theory than let them see pornography – which isn’t being distributed through libraries.
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