Libraries would have to restrict explicit titles or lose funding.
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"If they want local control, then let them use only local dollars, Kern said. "They are using state dollars, which gives us the authority to intervene.
Rep. Mike Wilt, R-Bartlesville, said he believes children should not be exposed to explicit material, but that decision should be left up to the local library boards. He said this bill is no different than when the federal government passes unfunded mandates onto local governments.
"How many times are we going to run a state bill to fix an Oklahoma City problem? he said.
An advisory board cannot decide what books should be included in each diverse, local community, said Rep. Debbie Blackburn, D-Oklahoma City.
"It doesn't seem that you can legislate morality. This is a slippery slope, she said. "Once you start with one thing, where do you go from there?
The bill passed the House late Wednesday after more than two hours of discussion with a vote of 60-33 and likely faces an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled Senate.Archive ID: 3070082
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