Nebraska Obscenity Bill to Criminalize Librarians Fails to Advance | Censorship News

In Nebraska, a bill that would criminalize librarians did not get enough votes. Meanwhile, in Georgia, educators worry about legislation aimed at ALA funding; and in one Texas county, a citizen review board will now decide what stays on public library shelves.

Obscenity Bill that Could Criminalize Nebraska Librarians, Teachers Fails to Advance | KOLN
Three days of tense debate ended with lawmakers falling three votes short of advancing a bill that received national attention after a senator read an explicit rape scene on the legislative floor.

Georgia Teachers Raise Concerns over Legislation Aimed at American Library Association Funding | 11 Alive
The bill bars state and local governments from giving money to the American Library Association.

Texas County Directs Citizen Board to Review, and Potentially Remove, Library Books | KHOU
Montgomery County, TX, officials adopted a new policy empowering a citizen committee to review, and potentially remove, library materials at the request of the public. County Judge Mark Keough, the policy’s author, said the process will prevent children from accessing inappropriate books. Critics argued the new guidelines strip librarians from the reconsideration process and will target books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.

Amid Book Bans, DEI Cuts and 'Don't Say Gay' Laws, Seven States Will Mandate LGBTQ-Inclusive Curricula | NBC News
Washington is the seventh state to enact legislation mandating that public schools incorporate LGBTQIA+-inclusive curricula in some capacity. The other six are California, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and Illinois.

Ali Velshi Banned Book Club—Black Stories in Philadelphia | The Philadelphia Citizen
Philly is not only the birthplace of American libraries, it's also an epicenter for resisting book bans through the use of "Little Free(dom) Libraries."

Teen Social Network Launched by Austin Public Library to Save Banned Books | KVUE
The Save The Books Social Network unites teens who want to defend their freedom to read.

The Post-2020 Surge in Calls for Banning Books, Visualized | The Washington Post
Data provided to The Washington Post by the ALA shows that this increase is part of a surge in such efforts in recent years—ones that are centered more heavily in Republican-voting states.

Texas District Votes to Remove The Haters From School Libraries | KVUE
A discussion over two Jesse Andrews books, The Haters and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, ended with Lake Travis (TX) ISD leaders voting  4-2 to remove The Haters from the Lake Travis High School library. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will remain in circulation.

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