IEA Helps Kill ‘Criminalization of Librarians’ Bill

A bill that would allow school librarians and others to be fined or jailed for allowing students to access materials some might find offensive will not be heard in the Idaho Senate, after its approval by House members last week.  

The IEA lobby team worked against House Bill 666, sponsored by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle). The bill would have allowed school, library and museum employees to be fined up to $1,000 and get a year in prison for distributing books and movies decried by the bill’s sponsors as obscene. 

Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder (R-Boise) called the bill “mischief and something that doesn’t need to happen.” 

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