Current Legislation

Senate Bill 1283 – Digital citizenship and media literacy.

AZ Senate Bill 1283

Sponsors: Sen. Juan Mendez [D], Rep. Athena Salman [D].


This bill will provide for the Department of Education to identify best practices and make recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship and media literacy. The Department, in conjunction with an advisory committee, will make available resources and instructional materials on media literacy, including professional development programs for teachers.

The ‘best practices and recommendations’ will include instruction that provides guidance about thoughtful uses of online and other media resources and education on how to apply critical-thinking skills when consuming and producing media in any form.

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  • Find your State Legislators’ contact info here.

    Search for your State Representative in the House of Representatives and your State Senator in the State Senate.

    • Write an Email

      To both your State Representative and your State Senator, or call them and ask them to support the bills that promote Media Literacy – be sure to use specific bill numbers as listed on our Current Legislation page.

      Include your name and address to identify that you are their constituent, and preferably your email and phone number.

      Use your own language, or see language we can suggest below:

      Dear _____: I believe that understanding media is a critical skill for students as the citizens of the future, as media is the predominant information provider of our times and young people need skills to navigate the world of media safely and responsibly.  I ask you to support bills that provide for Media Literacy education, including _______ (bill numbers).

      Sincerely,

      Your Name, Address
      (email and phone)

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    …about your outreach and THANK YOU – you are helping create a more media literate world!

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    Mark Bordine, Arizona chapter leader
    Get in touch with him at mbordine@medialiteracynow.org.

AZ Senate Bill 1283

Jan 30, 2019 – Introduced in Senate and read first time; Assigned to Senate Education Committee; Assigned to Senate Rules Committee.
Jan 31, 2019 – Senate read second time.

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 1378 / Senate Bill 1260 – Schools, technology, Internet safety, policies.

These companion bills, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model bill, were introduced as a result of our advocacy.

AZ Senate Bill 1378
Introduced by Senator Montenegro.
This act would have required the Department of Education to identify best practices and recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy, and to report on strategies to implement them statewide.

The best practices and recommendations would have included instruction providing guidance about thoughtful, safe and strategic uses of online and other media resources, and education on how to apply critical-thinking skills when consuming and producing media in any form.

AZ Senate Bill 1260
Introduced by Senator Bradley.
This act would have required the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop best practices and recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy.

This instruction would provide guidance about the thoughtful, safe and strategic uses of online and other media resources, and education on how to apply critical-thinking skills when consuming and producing media.

AZ Senate Bill 1378  |  2017  |  53rd Legislature – First Regular Session
Jan 31, 2017 – Senate First Reading.
Feb 01, 2017 – Senate Second Reading.
Final Disposition:    Held in Committees.

AZ Senate Bill 1260  |  2017  |  53rd Legislature – First Regular Session
Jan 25, 2017 – Senate First Reading.
Jan 26, 2017 – Senate Second Reading.
Final Disposition:    Held in Committees.

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