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West Virginia House Judiciary Committee discusses jail time over books

Posted on AllSides February 22nd, 2024
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Megan Tarbett speaking
Photo courtesy of WV Legislative Photography

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers Monday finally took a look at a bill that could throw the book at librarians over books deemed by some to be obscene.The House Judiciary recommended House Bill 4654 – removing bona fide schools, public libraries, and museums from the list of exemptions from criminal liability relating to distribution and display to a minor of obscene matter – to the full House in a 21-3 vote Monday evening after nearly two-and-a-half hours of discussion.

The bill would lift criminal liability exemptions from schools in the presentation of...

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