Providence Journal: “Lawmakers are Bringing the Book Ban Wars to Rhode Island. Here’s How.”
A small group of House lawmakers are attempting to criminalize “public and charter school” librarians for allowing children to access “obscene” books. Only this time, politicians want to broaden the state’s existing obscenity law to include “cartoon or animated” materials, such as graphic novels.
Any school librarian involved in providing such books deemed “obscene” could face two years in prison and a $1,000 fine under the new bill, which was introduced to the Judiciary Committee in late April.
Beatrice Pulliam, head of the Rhode Island Library Association, which represents nearly 500 library staff in the state, said the bill was a clear response to a different proposed amendment to the same law — one that would protect librarians from being criminalized.
That measure was introduced in early March, nearly two months before the competing amendment.
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