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It is always interesting to see what ideas legislators come up with during session. There was a lot of conversation about school library books late last year and at the beginning of this year — but in the end the Republican-controlled Iowa legislature did nothing.

Democrats, meanwhile, rallied behind sexually explicit books being in school libraries.


Perhaps the poster child book of the debate was “Gender Queer.” This title contains images that Google flagged as containing adult sexual content and Facebook flagged for violating its community standards on sexual activity.

Yet Iowa House Democrats rallied behind the books. A number of Iowa House Democrats proposed a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the legislature from making a law that restricts the books or other written materials used to instruct students in elementary schools, secondary schools, universities or any other educational institution.

Perhaps Iowa House Democrats are not familiar with the images from “Gender Queer.” Reader warning, they’re vulgar, but can be viewed here.

The resolution did not go anywhere, but it is worth noting that only the Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps registered against it.

The Iowa Library Association, Iowa State Education Association and Iowa Chapter of Sierra Club joined AFSCME Iowa Council 61 in support.

The proposed amendment was sponsored by Democrat Representatives Dave Jacoby, Charlie McConkey, Bob Kressig, Steve Hansen, Monica Kurth, Dave Williams, Ross Wilburn, Traci Ehlert, Sharon Steckman, Rick Olson, Beth Wessel-Kroeschell and Amy Nielsen.

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