HB556 is Government Overreach
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HB556 is Government Overreach

To: Rep. Dean

From: A verified voter in South Solon, OH

June 1

The proposed House Bill 556 in Ohio raises serious First Amendment concerns by seeking to criminalize the distribution of materials deemed "obscene" by teachers and librarians, without clearly defining what constitutes obscenity. Vague and overbroad censorship laws risk violating free speech protections and enabling selective prosecution based on subjective judgments. Rather than resorting to criminal charges, a better approach would be developing guidelines through an open process involving education experts, free speech advocates and community stakeholders. This would ensure materials are age-appropriate while upholding constitutional rights and avoiding a chilling effect on classroom discussions and access to information.

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