CT lawmakers argue withholding state funding if libraries ban or censor books

Under the proposal, only "sanctuary" libraries would receive state grants.

News 12 Staff

Feb 25, 2023, 3:27 AM

Updated 453 days ago

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Connecticut lawmakers debated on Friday about withholding state funding if public libraries ban or censor books.
"Any child under 18 is not allowed to buy a pornographic book in a store, be it "Playboy" or any of the others, but in the library, they would have carte blanche to any book," said State Rep. Anne Dauphinais.
"The concerns are real, but they're overblown. The content -- the book that is most frequently challenged in the United States of America is Harry Potter series," said Douglas Lord, of the Connecticut Library Association.
Under the proposal, only "sanctuary" libraries would receive state grants.


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