Georgia law would allow school librarians to face prosecution for distributing obscene material

School libraries would be liable for distributing "harmful materials to minors."

Published: February 17, 2023 11:42am

Updated: February 17, 2023 11:49am

A new bill in the Georgia legislature would, if passed, make school librarians liable for distribution of obscene materials to students, the latest shot in the ongoing culture wars over controversial materials in schools. 

The bill, SB 154, would mandate that the "sale or distribution of harmful materials to minors" would be "applicable to libraries operated by schools."

The state code directs that the distribution of such material constitutes "a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature." The legislation was put forth by State Sen. Greg Dolezal. 

Martha Bongiorno, the president of the Georgia Library Media Association, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the group was "ashamed" of the effort by lawmakers. 

“If we really care about our students and their mental health and helping them become well-rounded citizens of the world, we need to be able to provide the materials to do that,” Bongiorno told the outlet.

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