Ned Burns

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Though our schools and public library systems already take great care to ensure that age-appropriate materials are in kids’ hands at the right time, a very vocal minority wants you to think differently. Much time was wasted this last legislative session “protecting” Idaho youth from bogeymen and needlessly villainizing dedicated professionals.

During the House floor debate HB 666 (which would have potentially criminalized a librarian checking out a book to a minor), House members were shown a “secret” folder behind closed doors and amid much pearl clutching. This folder was said to contain concrete proof that Idaho kids were being exposed to harmful pornography and that librarians must be held to account.

Ned Burns serves as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives from the 26th District.

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