SB 1435 – Addresses Obscene Materials in K-8 Schools

Introduced Feb 16, 2024
Status: Assigned To Senate Committee






Senate Bill 1435 proposes a better standard to address obscene materials in our public K-8 classrooms and libraries that are not protected under the First Amendment, as established by the United States Supreme Court in Miller v. California (1973) 413 U.S. 15. It is also consistent with federal law which prohibits the broadcasting of obscene material in Section 1464 of Title 18 of the United States Code and under the guidance of the Federal Communications Commission. 

In short, if material cannot be read or displayed on broadcast television or public radio channels – or in school board meetings, for that matter – it should not be in the public-school classrooms and libraries of our elementary or middle schools in California. Nothing in this proposal prevents a parent from buying, sharing, reading or otherwise consuming such material with their children at home.

Full Bill Text

Read CPC’s Letter of Support. 

Last Action

Failed Passage in Senate Education Committee.