Tennessee House Votes To Approve Bills That Would Keep Obscene Books Out Of School Libraries

Apr 18, 2023 | Political News

The House voted to approve two bills yesterday that would keep obscene books out of school libraries. One goes next to the Senate Education Committee, while the other will head to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.

House Bill 0843 (HB0843) aims to speed up the review process of challenged books within school districts. Sponsored by Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet-District 57), the bill passed 71 to 22 with the vote split along party lines.

It is now due to go over to the Senate, however the Senate Education Committee has not met since April 5th, so the bill will likely not progress further until the General Assembly reconvenes next year. Lynn appeared confident yesterday that it will pass a Senate vote when the time comes.

HB0843 sets a time limit of 60 days from when a complaint is filed about an obscene book found in a school library collection. If a school board has not voted on the book by that time, it will be removed and sent for review to the Tennessee Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission.