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Stop the attack on TN Libraries and Librarians in the Senate

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Billdata Timeline
05.02.2020
bill:introduced: House
Intro.
05.02.2020
bill:introduced, bill:reading:1: House
Filed for introduction
06.02.2020
bill:introduced: Senate
Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
06.02.2020
bill:introduced, bill:reading:1: Senate
Filed for introduction
06.02.2020
: House
P1C.
10.02.2020
: Senate
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Government Operations Committee
10.02.2020
committee:referred: House
P2C, ref. to Local Committee
11.02.2020
committee:referred: House
Assigned to s/c Cities & Counties Subcommittee
19.02.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal Cities & Counties Subcommittee for 2/26/2020
26.02.2020
: Senate
Placed on Senate Government Operations Committee calendar for 3/4/2020
26.02.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal Cities & Counties Subcommittee for 3/4/2020
26.02.2020
: House
Action Def. in s/c Cities & Counties Subcommittee to 3/4/2020
04.03.2020
: Senate
Placed on Senate Government Operations Committee calendar for 3/11/2020
04.03.2020
: Senate
Action deferred in Senate Government Operations Committee to 3/11/2020
04.03.2020
: House
Placed on s/c cal Cities & Counties Subcommittee for 3/11/2020
04.03.2020
: House
Action Def. in s/c Cities & Counties Subcommittee to Final Calendar
11.03.2020
: Senate
Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee Ayes 8, Nays 1 PNV 0
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Vote NO on SB2896

Please, vote NO on SB2896 when it is up for discussion in the Senate Government Operations Committee on March 4.

We already have structures of accountability in our local libraries.  If this bill passes, the parental oversight board will make decisions that cause conflict for city and county governments who will have to pay for the legal bills when libraries are sued for censoring material.

The fact that this bill provides for the "imprisonment" of librarians who may be in violation of the decisions of the parental oversight board should be enough to disqualify it for further consideration.  It is dangerous to consider jailing public employees for doing their job of providing information.  It runs counter to the very mission of a library.

I urge you to put the brakes on this bill that poses serious constitutional issues and puts librarians at risk.  Thank you for considering my views.

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summary

This bill originated as an attack on LGBTQ and Pride displays as well as Drag Queen Story hour, but its scope is broad. It would lead to all kinds of censorship as well as fines and jail time for librarians not in compliance with the edicts of these new parent boards.

who will receive your email?

Kerry Roberts Senator

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Janice Bowling Senator

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Rusty Crowe Senator

Sara Kyle Senator

Mark Pody Senator

Bill Powers Senator

Paul Rose Senator

why sign?

  • This bill threatens librarians with fines and jail time if they refuse to engage in censorship.
  • This bill leads to censorship.