Bid to Cut Library Funding Fails

Comes After Drag Queen Story Hour

Evan Smith
February 21, 2019 - 4:29 pm

State Rep. Garry Smith proposed a budget amendment on Tuesday that aimed to cut state funds from libraries that don’t use a set of rules adopted by the state Department of Education to determine whether events are “age appropriate.”

Essentially, the bill would take away money from libraries that held events that weren’t in line with what the Department of Education deemed acceptable for kids.  

Smith said he was concerned that events such as the Drag Queen Story Hour, which was held to much controversy at the Five Forks Branch of the Greenville Public Library last Sunday, were specifically meant to target children between the ages of 3 and 8.  

“This bill,” Smith said, “is all about children”.

But a legislative committee rejected Smith’s proposal, with Democratic House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford calling it “a lawyers dream” and saying that the proposal would result in costly lawsuits against libraries on first amendment grounds.

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