Legislative Activity Across the Country

Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions in its last session — states passed 45,000.
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The introduction of legislation at the state level builds awareness among policymakers and other stakeholders, and is a vehicle for advocacy in each state. Our state leaders are actively working to build awareness of the urgent need for media literacy education among policymakers.

To discuss leadership opportunities in your state, contact Erin McNeill, president, at 617-395-4222 or emcneill@medialiteracynow.org. Or use the contact form.

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On the map (or listing – on mobile), you can see where Media Literacy Now is working across the country, and learn about various states’ approaches to policy.

  • Green States – Action! Media Literacy Now partners actively working toward legislation. Do you live here? Sign up to stay informed!
  • Grey States – Still looking for Media Literacy Now partners. Do you live here? Contact us to get started or sign up to stay informed when action starts.

Click on the state names to the right to learn about pending legislation and current laws that are media literacy-related.

Putting Media Literacy On The Public Policy Agenda

New in 2016:

Washington state Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety law

 

Media Literacy and digital citizenship is a hot-button issue for policy makers today, as concerned citizens call for action.

Current legislative status around the country:

updated February 16, 2017

The legislative session in most states is just getting started. Our model media literacy and digital citizenship bill – based on the successful Washington state bill – is currently moving in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. We have also introduced legislation in Rhode Island based on another model bill. We are advocating for New Jersey legislation that has passed the Senate.

Also, we are supporting Washington’s next step legislation, which requests funding for the education agency’s recommendations.

Previously:

In 2016 the governor of Washington signed into law a bill spearheaded by Media Literacy Now and our partner, Action for Media Education, that establishes a support structure to enable state educators to implement media literacy and digital citizenship education in every school.

In 2016, New Jersey’s Senate approved S436, which requires the Department of Education to emphasize media literacy as a priority in the state’s school districts, with the support of Media Literacy Now.

In 2016, Rhode Island‘s Senate approved S2089, which requires the Department of Education to work with national or statewide media literacy organizations to incorporate media literacy education into the basic education program. The bill was introduced through the advocacy of Media Literacy Now state chapter leader and civics education activist Michael Trofi.

Massachusetts moved media literacy language out of the Judiciary Committee June 6, 2016 as part of a bill, S436, that would reduce over-prosecution of sexting by teens, through the advocacy of Media Literacy Now.

In 2015, Connecticut approved a law that requires health and safety curricula include an opportunity for students to undergo training in safe usage of social media. The legislation also states that public school students will receive instruction in computer programming. The legislation was introduced through the advocacy of Welcome 2 Reality with the support of Media Literacy Now.

In 2015, Utah passed a law that implements digital citizenship education in schools, with the support of Media Literacy Now.

In 2014, New Jersey enacted a law requiring schools to teach safe and ethical use of social media in grades 6 through 8.

Florida and Ohio require that media literacy skills be integrated into the curriculum.

Illinois requires school districts to incorporate internet safety lessons – the lessons are to be given every year starting in grade 3, and include topics such as safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the internet.

New Mexico educational statutes recommend a media literacy elective in middle or high school.

Washington recently passed a law that identifies digital citizenship as a school librarian role.

Minnesota recently added specific media literacy standards for k through 12 to the Common Core standards.

California included a media literacy element to an anti-sex-trafficking education law.

The Media Literacy Now legislative monitoring initiative is made possible by Jan Garbett, founder of Epik.
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