Proposed Florida Legislation Aims to Reduce Number of Book Challenges | Censorship News

Florida legislation is discussing an effort to curb the large number of book challenges. But it's not all good news in the Sunshine State. The state just rejected all suggested books for a monthly story time program from a civil rights museum, including stories of Tuskegee Airmen and on voting rights. 

Florida Bill Tries to Discourage Excess Book Challenges | 10TampaBay
The Florida House is discussing a bill designed to discourage parents from going overboard on challenging books in school libraries. If enacted, the bill would impose $100 fees on any parent or resident who wants to submit challenges to more than five books or who submits an objection to a book and doesn’t have a child enrolled in the school where the book is located, according to Politico.

Florida Rejects Books on Voting, Tuskegee Airmen for Museum’s Story Time | Orlando Sentinel
Florida’s Department of State tossed out the entire slate of books recommended by the civil rights Grove Museum for the first six months of its 2024 monthly story time program for young children, including books on voting rights and Black history. The books were deemed not appropriate for the time of year they were being offered, not age-appropriate, or not on the state Department of Education’s preapproved reading list.

Controversial Book Ban in North Attleboro Reversed | Boston25 News
Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice was returned to shelves after being removed from the school library at North Attleboro’s Martin Elementary School when a community member challenged its appropriateness.

Utah Committee Gives OK to New Rules Guiding Removal of Books from School Libraries |
A measure that would streamline and potentially speed the removal of books with sexually explicit passages from shelves in public school libraries across Utah has passed its first legislative hurdle. The proposed change would require the removal of material from public school libraries across the state if officials in three school districts deem it violates Utah code outlining pornographic or indecent material.

Libs of TikTok Creator Accused of Inspiring School Bomb Threats Named to Oklahoma Library Board | NBC News
A far-right influencer who was accused of instigating bomb threats against a school library in Tulsa, OK, last year has been named an adviser to a state library committee, the head of the state Education Department announced. Chaya Raichik, who runs the incendiary Libs of TikTok social media accounts and is not an Oklahoma resident, was appointed to the Education Department’s Library Media Advisory Committee.

New Mexico Bill Would Stop Libraries from Banning Books | The Daily Courier
A bill in the New Mexico state legislature proposes preventing public libraries from banning books based on political or religious views from what one of the bill’s sponsors calls “hate groups.” HB 123 would prevent public libraries from receiving funding if they do not adopt and comply with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, which includes a requirement that library materials not be removed based on “partisan or doctrinal disapproval” based on the author’s race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation or political or religious views, the bill states.

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