Fri. Dec 1st, 2023
The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office is taking aim on federal money being used to make pornographic material available to children and giving parents more information about age-appropriate materials available to children through the public library system.
“If you’re taking state funds or money that comes through my office from the federal government, you can’t use those funds to buy pornographic material for kids. And then we said that parents need to be able to know how the library determines what’s age appropriate or not. There needs to be a written policy about that, that anyone who wants can access it.”
Talking on the KRMS Morning Magazine, Secretary Jay Ashcroft went on to explain that the initiative also gives parents the authority to control what their children can check out of the library while mandating that the library system, itself, provide a written policy on how age-appropriateness is determined when it comes to different materials.
Public comment on the initiative is now closed with the final rule expected to be reviewed by the General Assembly and put in effect sometime in April.