The Legislature that came to roost

A man runs along West Jefferson Street past the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise in this file photo.

BOISE — The Idaho Senate voted 26-9 to pass a bill Thursday night aimed at restricting minors’ access to materials deemed harmful in public libraries and in schools.

The House previously voted 40-30 to pass HB 314, which requires libraries to take “reasonable steps” to restrict those younger than 18 from accessing materials deemed harmful and includes a civil penalty. House members Friday morning concurred with a slight amendment on the bill that adds a reference to the state’s Tort Claims Act, after another lengthy debate on the bill.

Sen. Cindy Carlson, R-Riggins, sponsored the bill in the Senate. She said through working with the library association, the parties couldn’t come to an agreement on the enforcement mechanism.

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