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Bill on Sexually Explicit Books Goes to Virginia’s Governor

The bill passed Tuesday with a 22-17 vote

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    A Virginia bill that would require school districts to disclose to parents if they plan to assign books with sexually explicit content is being pushed by a Fairfax County mother who protested the use of “Beloved” in her son's high school senior class several years ago. Opponents say the bill will make Virginia look "ridiculous."

     

    A bill that would force schools to notify parents if their children are to be assigned to read books with sexually explicit content is heading to Virginia's Democratic governor.

     

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has not said whether he will sign the bill, which a library expert says would be the first of its kind in the country.

    The Republican-controlled House sent the measure to McAuliffe with a 77-21 vote Thursday. It passed the Senate earlier this week.

    The bill would also require schools to provide an alternative to the sexually explicit book if a parent objects.

    Democratic Del. Alfonso Lopez said forcing teachers to define a book by a “single, undefined standard” is a “form of censorship.”

    But Republican Del. Steve Landes, the bill's sponsor, said opponents are misrepresenting the measure.