Old issues are back
Every year, many similar bills are introduced as the previous year, perhaps because they didn't pass or because legislators want to expand on a bill. This year, two legislative issues from last year have reappeared:
Bills to politicize school board elections are back this year which would require school board candidates to identify as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. MCCOY strongly opposes any bill that attempts to politicize school boards. Those elected to serve on school boards should do so without inserting partisanship in how schools are governed.
Additionally, a bill is back that would criminalize librarians and teachers for sharing books that could be deemed offensive to parents. We oppose this bill, because this could lead to censorship or book banning. MCCOY opposes any efforts to ban books and supports the processes already in place for schools and libraries to address book challenges.