Our bid to override Gov. Brad Little’s veto of the Children’s School and Library Protection Act has come to an end.
The governor vetoed the bill yesterday afternoon, forcing a showdown when the legislature reconvened today to wrap up the legislative session.
Between last night and this morning, more than 2,000 of you sent emails through our Action Center encouraging your state legislators to override the governor’s veto. But in the end, we fell short by only one vote, effectively killing this legislative effort for the year.
The Children’s School and Library Protection Act (H314a) was drafted and championed by Idaho Family Policy Center to address growing concerns from parents about the sexually explicit materials that public schools and community libraries allow their children to access.
According to statewide polling conducted by Idaho Family Policy Center, nearly 75% of likely Idaho voters believe schools and public libraries should keep pornographic materials away from minor children.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our legislative sponsors, Rep. Jaron Crane (R-Nampa), Sen. Cindy Carlson (R-Riggins), and Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Meridian). They fought hard to protect children’s innocence—and they deserve our praise.
Make no mistake: We’re not going anywhere, and we will be back with this legislation next year.
And in the meantime, we’re confident that the grassroots outcry will only get louder as more parents learn about the smut that some schools and libraries are pedaling to their children.
Enough is enough, and parents are not going to take it anymore.
Don’t forget to download, read, and share our report, Pornography in Schools and Public Libraries: A Statewide Problem. We’ve documented which schools and libraries give children access to obscene titles and what the legislature can do about it.