Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions in its last session — states passed 45,000.
– CQ Roll Call.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or use the contact form.
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 2017:
Connecticut enacts Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety law, Washington passes funding for recommended next steps, Rhode Island legislature passes two bills, New Mexico lawmakers pledge to take action,
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 July 12, 2017
Huge progress this year!
So far this legislative season, we have been instrumental in passing four new bills related to media literacy. Connecticut has passed S 949 into law. New Mexico has passed Memorial 49, Rhode Island’s House and Senate have passed a similar bill which is on the way to the governor. Washington has passed its new bill implementing recommendations of the education department as a result of last year’s successful law.
Our model media literacy and digital citizenship legislation – based on the successful Washington state bill – was introduced in six states, passed in two (Connecticut and New Mexico) and is still moving in California and Massachusetts. We are also advocating for New Jersey legislation that has passed the Senate.
We’re also supporting other media literacy-related bills in:
- California, including AB 37, passed by the Senate and Assembly, that calls for the study of media arts to enable pupils to gain critical literacy in media, technology, and digital culture essential to becoming informed, discerning, and engaged citizens.
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. The bill is still pending at the Assembly.
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.