'Age-appropriate' school library bill heads to Tennessee governor's desk

Staff photo / The library at East Brainerd Elementary is photographed Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Tennessee's legislature is sending a school library bill to Gov. Bill Lee's desk aimed at scrutinizing library materials for "age appropriateness."

Along partisan lines, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted 73-21 to approve the Republican governor's proposal late Monday following the Senate's quick passage of the measure last month.

The legislation would require each public school library to publish the list of materials in its collection and periodically review them to make sure they are "appropriate for the age and maturity levels of the students who may access the materials."

A separate school library bill, which could allow librarians to be charged with a criminal offense if "obscene" material is found in a school's collection, may be discussed Wednesday in House and Senate education committees.