Governor Little Vetoes Bill That Prevents Children From Accessing Books Deemed “Harmful to Minors”

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If you’ve already seen the kinds of books available to minors in local libraries, you’ll realize there’s a real problem. This afternoon Governor Brad Little just vetoed House Bill 314 (HB 314) that would have addressed this problem.

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  • The bill would have allowed parents to claim $2,500 in statutory damages for each instance a book like this was “checked out” by their children.
  • Governor Little justified his veto saying, “This legislation makes sweeping, blanket assumptions on materials that could be determined as ‘harmful to minors’ in a local library.” Little alluded that HB 314 could function as a “bounty system” that could be abused and have unforeseen effects on taxpayers who would ultimately foot the bill for infractions.
  • The recent vote in the House for HB 314 was 5 short of two-thirds majority (not veto-proof).
  • House leadership is expected to override the veto tomorrow morning.
  • Idaho Family Policy Center (IFPC) has already launched an online petition that calls on Idaho legislators to override Little’s veto.

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