PRATTVILLE — The Autauga County Commission has approved a resolution allowing the county's legal team to submit a request to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall for a legal opinion in battling controversial books in the Prattville-Autauga Public Library.

For months, parents in Autauga County have expressed concerns over the inclusion of dozens of sexually explicit books for minors.

What started as a small group of mothers bringing a handful of books to the library board has led to hundreds of books being added to a list of explicit materials. Hundreds of people signed a petition on before it was taken down for violating "hate speech" rules.

The group has since launched a statewide effort to address similar issues in libraries across the state.

Several concerned citizens have repeatedly approached the city council and county commission since both are responsible for appointing library board members and funding.

Although those opposed to the books have found the city council's response lackluster, the county commission has been more receptive to complaints.

On Tuesday, the commission approved a resolution authorizing the county attorney to request guidance regarding the commission's authority in regulating the library board of trustees.

District 1 Commissioner Rusty Jacksland asked that it be clarified If the county commission has the authority to remove any library board appointees since the city appoints half of the library board members and the commission the other half.

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