DeSantis Signs New Bill Which Limits Objections to Books In School Libraries From Those Without Kids

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[Photo Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America - Ron DeSantis, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=139870301]

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a member of the Republican party, has now reportedly enacted a new legislation on Tuesday that restricts the authority of individuals who do not have children attending a school district to voice their concerns about the books used in those districts.

According to the recently implemented education bill, HB 1285, individuals who do not have children in the school district will have a limit of one objection every month.

Parents who have children with access to the district’s educational resources, including those who homeschool their children, will retain the ability to submit an unlimited number of objections.

The new legislation aims to tackle the practical difficulties presented by a very contentious law passed in 2022.

This law granted individuals increased authority to voice their objections to books that are accessible to students in K-12 libraries.

Additionally, the legislation mandated that the educational materials must be suitable for the pupils’ age.

The law has faced strong criticism from critics due to its association with an increase in the number of banned books in Florida.

Many of these novels were targeted because they included themes linked to racism or featured LGBTQ characters.

However, the implementation of the law has encountered practical difficulties, since several complaints to the book have been submitted to school districts following the passage of the measure.

The statement sent by the governor’s office tacitly admits the limitations of the 2022 legislation.

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