Iowa book ban challenge in court today


A federal appeals court hears oral arguments today on the lawsuit challenging Iowa’s book banning law.

The legislation, signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, banned books in schools that contained sexually explicit content, and led to hundreds of books being pulled from libraries across the state.

The law was to take effect on January 1st, but a federal judge blocked the state from enforcing the legislation while the suit plays out, saying the legislation likely violates the First Amendment.

The injunction also blocked a portion of the bill that bars instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary schools.

The state wants the court to lift the injunction while the suit proceeds.