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Iowa legislators consider a bill to give city councils more power over libraries


Iowa legislators advanced a bill that would give city councils more control over local libraries.

The bill would give city councils more power to decide what library tax money is used for and the ability to directly oversee the hiring of a library director.

Democratic Rep. Ken Croken says the bill advanced out of a subcommittee along party lines, with all Republicans voting in support of the bill and all Democrats voting against it.

"I think it is inevitable that this practice will end up resulting in either more banned books or books banned more frequently and often."

The bill now moves to a full committee.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.