By Corinne Murdock |
On Monday, the Arizona legislature approved a bill requiring K-12 schools to implement parental review and notification procedures for school library books.
Specifically, HB2439 requires schools to give parents lists of the books or materials their children borrowed from the library, make available online a list of all books purchased for school libraries, and notify parents of the public review period for the books. Certain schools and school districts were exempted: those without full-time library media specialists and those engaged in agreements with county free library districts, municipal libraries, nonprofit and public libraries, tribal libraries, private schools, and tribal schools.
The Arizona House passed edits made to HB2439 on Monday along a party line vote. The Senate passed their version with amendments last week. One of the major amendments to the bill removed the requirement that school boards review and approve all books prior to their addition to a school library.
State Representative Beverly Pingerelli (R-Peoria) sponsored the bill.
Activists argued that children should have the right to read anything without parental oversight.
Upon Governor Doug Ducey’s signature, the bill would take effect January 1 of next year.