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TLA Statement on the Parental Oversight Bill

Thursday, February 20, 2020   (2 Comments)
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The Tennessee Library Association (TLA) is aware of the current Tennessee House Bill 2721 and its companion Senate Bill 2896, also known as the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act. Currently, the proposed legislation stands as a caption bill, meaning it remains in the early stages of the legislative process. TLA leadership is continuously monitoring the proposal, which in its current state contains language the organization finds equatable to censorship of library collections, which we oppose. The Tennessee Code Annotated provides public libraries local control over collections, meeting spaces, and other matters of policy through governing boards appointed within each community by local government. Therefore, TLA feels the proposal, if enacted, would mandate un-necessary and duplicated legislation, placing an added burden of government oversight on local library boards. TLA is proud of our ongoing work with state lawmakers to meet the needs of our public libraries and the communities they serve. Should HB 2127/SB 2896 continue to take shape, TLA is committed to continuing our work to protect the freedom to read in Tennessee libraries in partnership with our legislators.


Donald B. Reynolds, Jr. says...
Posted Friday, February 21, 2020
This bill is an example of trying to fix something that isn’t broke, while insulting local governments, the library’s trustees and staff members (who work so conscientiously and diligently serving their community) for not now doing their jobs appropriately. In addition, this bill mandates that 5 adults be chosen to override the library board and library staff, determining what material will be permitted in the library (with no appeals to the library trustees or government agency), plus have the power to imprison and fine the library staff (with no due process or appeal) for not following orders. The bill is also anti-parent, authorizing those 5 adults (not even required to be parents) to dictate to other parents what their children should/can read in the library.
Martha M. Gill says...
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2020
“equitable” is misspelled, but I think a better word is ‘tantamount” Don’t hyphenate “un-necessary” Martha Gill

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