Gov. Kevin Stitt signs bill requiring K-12 library books to meet ‘community standards’

A bill to regulate content in school libraries crossed the finish line Friday as Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation requiring books to adhere to “community standards.”

House Bill 3092 dictates that both print and non-print media in school libraries be age-appropriate and follow “community standards.” However, the bill does not set guidelines for those standards or include penalties for those found to be outside of the new law.

The bill is one of several this session to target school library content, but it is comparatively a toned down version to others and the only one to reach the governor’s desk.

Authored by a pair of Bristow lawmakers, House Speaker Pro Tem Kyle Hilbert and Sen. James Leewright, the legislation is an effort to bring local control when deciding on content.

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