Private: Book groups embrace Freedom to Read bill

Thirty-two publishing-related organizations, including local bookstores and chains, issued a statement supporting a bill introduced by Vermont Rep. Bernie Sanders that would amend the U.S.A. Patriot Act.

The bill, short-titled “The Freedom to Read Protection Act,” would require investigators to show probable cause in order to obtain a subpoena for bookstore or library records, and would allow booksellers to be heard in secret court proceedings.