Special called meeting to discuss library’s oversight, limiting materials considered explicit

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control will meet tonight at 5 p.m. for a special-called meeting to discuss and take action on Louisiana House Bill 25 and Senate Bill 7. 

The general public is allowed at this meeting and allowed to make comments up to three minutes in time. 

The two bills being discussed tonight include oversight on the library and determining when minors can check out certain materials deemed sexually explicit. 

For House Bill 25, while the current law states that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury appoints library board members for five-year terms, this new bill proposes that board members would serve at the pleasure of the police jury. Additionally, it allows the police jury to regulate and oversee the library board, including its officers, employees and libraries. Lastly, House Bill 25 proposes that the library board could not act inconsistent with whatever ordinances the police jury choose to establish. 

Senate Bill 7 is designed to help parents determine what materials their children view. In this particular bill, “minors” is a broad term and includes ages 1 to 17. Additionally, “sexually explicit” is not defined either. 

Any Lincoln Parish citizen wishing to speak on this subject can attend this public meeting, which will take place in the library’s George Byrnside Conference Room.  

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