Your public comments are invited starting Nov. 15, 2022, on this issue regarding library funding and censorship in Missouri


(photo illustration from the New York Times, 2019)

I am sharing this recent Kansas City Star article via my website because I believe the topic is a matter of great importance to people who care about access to all kinds of informational materials and are concerned about censorship by the government. 

This article was published in the Kansas City Star on Oct. 21, 2022. It explores concerns related to a proposal by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to restrict state-funded public libraries from using funds to acquire materials that appeal to the "prurient interest of a minor." The stated purpose of the proposal is "to 'protect minors' from materials that are not age appropriate." The proposal is long on ideas and short on specific information, which poses potential problems if libraries want to purchase materials related to art, literature, history, social, educational, science, political and philosophical topics.

The proposal does not need legislative approval. It does invite public comment:

"Ashcroft’s duties include being state librarian, so his administrative proposal would require no legislative approval. But residents can submit input starting on Nov. 15 for 30 days before it would be approved. To comment on the proposed rule, residents can email or mail the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State, P.O. Box 1767, Jefferson City, MO, 65102."

Here's a PDF of the article.


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