Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 1283 – Digital citizenship and media literacy.

AZ Senate Bill 1283

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


This bill would have provided 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, would have made resources and instructional materials on media literacy available, including professional development programs for teachers.

The ‘best practices and recommendations’ would have included instruction to provide 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.

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; died in chamber.

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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