Missouri State Representative Ben Baker (R-Neosho) on January 8 sponsored a bill, the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act (HB 2044), preventing state aid to libraries that allow minors access to “age-inappropriate sexual material.” The bill also allows for the establishment of a five-person parental library review board in each library district that will decide what material is considered inappropriate for minors. Libraries must then place selected materials in restricted access areas. Library staff refusing to comply would be guilty of a misdemeanor. Many people are pushing back against the legislation as a form of censorship.
KOAM-TV, Pittsburg, Kans., Jan. 13