Louisiana: “Controversial Library Bill Nears Final Hurdle, Librarians Voice Concerns”￼￼
A controversial bill that restricts some books from children in public libraries passed one of its final hurdles in the legislature on Tuesday.
SB7 would require libraries to adopt policies to restrict certain books for children to check out if they’ve been deemed as sexually explicit. It mandates every library system has a library card system that would block certain age groups from being able to check out books the local board has reviewed.
But some take issue with the bill, saying that a lot of the books outlined are LGBTQ in theme and it is targeting that community.
The bill now heads to the full House for its final debate as long as there are no amendments before it is sent to the governor’s desk.
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