Oppose HB 234, Removing “obscenity” exemptions from public schools, libraries and museums

From Montanans Organized for Education (MOFE)

HB 234 which targets our school, library, and museum employees by opening them up to unwarranted harassment. Removing these public services from the long list of exemptions under a revised obscenity law would allow anyone to accuse them of obscenity.

HB 234 will be heard this Thursday, January 19 in the House Judiciary Committee. We need your help to push back on this senseless bill. Below you will find a list of members of the committee. We urge you to contact them (especially if your representative serves on it) and ask them to vote no on HB 234.

Talking Points:

  • HB 234 is a direct attack on public schools, libraries, and museums because it removes long standing protections.
  • Montanans across our state trust our teachers and librarians. HB 234 is aimed at a problem that does not exist, as all of these institutions have board approved policies to ensure that the materials they provide are suitable for the public.
  • The definition of the title of this law is found here. None of these materials are found in public schools or libraries or museums. HB 234 is a blatant attempt at censorship.
  • It exposes public schools, libraries and museums to frivolous and costly lawsuits when funding is already tight.

Find my legislator: https://leg.mt.gov/map/
Send Your Legislator a Message: https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/
Public Testimony: https://leg.mt.gov/public-testimony/


Jan 19 2023


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