Rep. Neil Friske is working to keep Michigan children safe by restricting items deemed sexually explicit or obscene, and move them to an adults-only section of public libraries with newly introduced legislation.
“My office has received an outpouring of calls from constituents who are angered at the content found in the children’s sections of their local libraries,” said Friske, of Charlevoix. “This is a genuine concern for folks in my district, and my bill aims to keep children across the state safe.”
House Bill 4136 restricts items deemed sexually explicit or obscene, and would move them to an adults-only section of public libraries that would be inaccessible to anyone under the age of 18. Although some media outlets originally reported that there were no definitions provided in the bill, the bill acts as an amendment to the Library Privacy Act and uses the definitions of ‘Sexually Explicit Matter’ and ‘Obscene’ in MCLs 722.673 and 752.362, respectively, according to Friske.
“This bill does not ban libraries from having specific books or genres of books, nor does it discriminate against any individuals,” Friske said. “The bill simply places content containing things like pornographic images to an area of the library reserved specifically for adults. This is common sense legislation. It is crucial that the children of Michigan be protected everywhere they go – obscenity in front of minors is traumatic and should never be permitted.”
“The citizens of the Upper Peninsula are honest and hard-working,” said Friske, R-Charlevoix. “They know a bad idea when they see one. They are telling us these bills are a terrible idea. I’m proud of the people who sent me to Lansing, and I’m proud to stand with them in opposition of this radical legislation.”
Rep. Friske presented local Northern Michigan hero Pat Rickley with a tribute on Saturday, May 20, after it had been announced that Rickley was retiring after 30 years of service with the Mackinac Bridge Authority. As a toll collector, Pat has been a beloved icon of the bridge for three decades and is well known […]
Yesterday, Rep. Frisk introduced a new Pro-Life bill package. The package is listed below: HJR C – Joint Resolution to amend the Michigan Constitution to remove the Right to Reproductive Freedom for All (Proposal 3) Amendment from the State Constitution HB 4683 – A bill to reinstitute revised 1931 Ban on abortion (with rare exception […]
Rep. Friske is publicly announcing his disapproval over Michigan’s upcoming $81 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2024. Last week, 17 appropriations bills for the budget passed the House on party-line votes. “It’s bad enough that this is the biggest and most expansive budget in Michigan history,” said Rep. Friske. “But House Democrats have also injected […]