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The Iowa House Government Oversight Committee has a hearing scheduled for 5 p.m. today regarding the book reconsideration committee process at various Iowa school districts. Committee chair Republican Rep. Brooke Boden said it is important to realize they’re hearing from a group of moms coming to testify and provide testimony on the process they experienced when challenging sexually explicit, obscene materials in various school libraries.

“This isn’t just people with feelings about having a book,” Boden said. “These are actual people who have gone through the process of going through the book review process.”

The committee will attempt to get a feel for what that process looks like and seek to understand if the schools are operating in a similar way with the review process.

Following the testimony the committee is expected to look through various documents and then call in administration and librarians to hear their side later.

The goal is to come up with a better process and ensure appropriate materials are in schools.

Boden anticipates a “civil discussion” and is looking forward to the hearing.


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