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Bill in Missouri raises fears of book banning in public libraries--and prison sentences for librarians who don't comply

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Bill in Missouri raises fears of book banning in public libraries--and prison sentences for librarians who don't comply

Jan 17 2020

Free speech and library advocates are sounding the alarm this week over a bill proposed in Missouri that seeks to establish "parental library review boards" as a condition of state funding, with the boards having the power to decide which "age-appropriate" materials can be accessible to minors within the library. Librarians who refuse to comply with the board's decisions would be subject to a fine, and up to a year in prison.

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