Oklahoma Bill Would Pay Parents $10K Each Day Their Nominated Banned Books Remain in Libraries

A quite terrifying bill..where do you start with this?

Newsweek reports

Aproposed Oklahoma state law would allow parents to seek up to $10,000 for each day a book is kept in their child’s school library after it was nominated for removal.

The proposed law, Senate Bill [SB] 1142, was introduced to the state legislature on December 16 and would go into effect during the 2022-2023 academic year if passed. It would affect both public school districts and public charter schools throughout the state.

SB 1142 would allow parents who believed their child’s school was carrying a book in violation of the law to “submit a written request to the school district superintendent or charter school administrator to remove the book.”

The violating books in question would be any items relating to “the study of sex, sexual preferences, sexual activity, sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity or books that are of a sexual nature,” according to the bill’s text.

Once the school receives the written request from a parent or guardian, the violating district would have 30 days to remove all copies of the book from circulation, according to the bill.

The bill goes on to state that the complaining parent “may seek monetary damages including a minimum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) per day the book requested for removal is not removed.” Additionally, the parent may also seek compensation for attorney’s fees and court costs.

Read more. https://www.newsweek.com/ok-bill-would-pay-parents-10k-each-day-their-nominated-banned-books-remain-libraries-1663511