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Senate Concurrent Resolution 143 – To encourage the reduction and elimination of the depiction of smoking in entertainment and media venues.

CA Senate Concurrent Resolution 143
Sponsor: Senator Richard Pan (D).

This resolution encourages major motion picture studios to give a Restricted (R) rating to any new film designed for viewing by children and adolescents that shows or implies smoking or tobacco use. It encourages specified state and local entities to expand efforts to reduce and eliminate the depiction of smoking in entertainment and media venues, as specified.

According to supporters, research shows that onscreen smoking in the single most important factor in recruiting young people to tobacco addiction, even more important than peer pressure and parental smoking. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Health Association/American Stroke Association, and the American Lung Association in California argue that images of famous actors smoking in films represents a danger to undermine the important work that Proposition 56 (passed in 2016 to increase the tobacco tax by $2 a pack), is achieving by funding programs in schools. Supporters state that annual health care costs in California directly caused by smoking are $13.29 billion, and Medi-Cal covers $3.5 billion of those costs each year. Supporters argue that smoking in movies has the same effect as more traditional tobacco marketing activities by the industry.

See Media Literacy Now’s blog post: California Senate calls for R-rating for movies with smoking

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CA Senate Concurrent Resolution 143

May 8, 2018 – Senate:  Introduced. Referred to Committee on Rules.
May 17, 2018 – Senate: Re-referred to Committee on Health.
Jun 6, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Be adopted and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
Jun 25, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Be ordered to second reading.
Jun 26, 2018 – Senate: Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Jul 2, 2018 – Senate: Read. Adopted. Ordered to the Assembly.
Jul 3, 2018 – Assembly: In Assembly. Held at Desk.
Aug 6, 2018 – Assembly: Referred to Committee on Health.
Aug 21, 2018 – Assembly: Hearing – Failed passage in committee. Reconsideration granted.

Existing Law

Pupil instruction: a model curriculum in media literacy.

51206.4. Pupil instruction This law, in its final form, provides for a website of resources, tools and professional development information for educators. The original bill asked for the development of a curriculum in media literacy.

More information on bill page: Senate Bill 830
Sponsors: Senators Bill Dodd [D], Hannah-Beth Jackson [D], and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin [D].
This law requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to develop, and the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt, modify, or revise, a model curriculum in media literacy.

Requires the model curriculum to address the instruction of students in how to:
a) Safely and responsibly use and consume media,
b) Access relevant and accurate information through media,
c) Analyze media content in a critical way,
d) Evaluate the comprehensiveness, currency, relevance, credibility, authority, and accuracy of media content.

States that the model curriculum may be designed to promote the development of students’ skills in:
a) Creativity and innovation,
b) Communication and collaboration,
c) Research and information fluency,
d) Critical thinking and problem-solving,
e) Digital citizenship,
f) Technology operations and concepts,
g) Information, media, and technological literacy,
h) Concepts of media representation and stereotyping.

CA Senate Bill 830

Jan 3, 2018 – Senate: Introduced. Read first time. To Comm. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
Jan 16, 2018 – Senate: Referred to Committee. on Education.
Mar 20, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations.
Mar 21, 2018 – Senate: Read 2nd time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
Apr 16, 2018 – Senate hearing: Placed on Appropriations suspense file.
May 25, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Do pass as amended; read 2nd time, amended; ordered to second reading.
May 29, 2018 – Senate: Read second time; ordered to third reading.
May 30, 2018 – Senate: Read third time; passed; ordered to the Assembly.
May 31, 2018 – Assembly: Read first time, held at Desk.
Jun 11, 2018 – Assembly: Referred to Committee on Education.
Jun 28, 2018 – Assembly: From Committee: Do pass and re-refer. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
Aug 16,2018 – Assembly: From Committee: Do pass as amended.
Aug 20, 2018 – Assembly: Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
Aug 21, 2018 – Assembly: Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
Aug 27, 2018 – Assembly: Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.
Aug 28, 2018 – Senate: Assembly amendments concurred in. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Sep 5, 2018 – Senate: Enrolled and presented to the Governor.
Sep 17, 2018 – Approved by the Governor; Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 448, Statutes of 2018. 51206.4. Pupil instruction

Media arts education standards update: animation, cinema, digital sound production, imaging design, interactive design, and virtual design.

This law requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to select a group of expert elementary and secondary school teachers to recommend standards — what students are expected to learn — for media arts education.

CA Assembly Bill 37
Sponsors: Assemblymen Patrick O’Donnell [D], Marie Waldron [R].

Updated media arts standards are intended to help teachers and schools improve media arts education so students would be better prepared for jobs in movies, animation, video games, virtual reality, and other media arts fields. Media arts includes animation, cinema, digital sound production, imaging design, interactive design, and virtual design.

The Legislature finds and declares that “the study of media arts enables pupils to gain critical literacy in media, technology, and digital culture essential to becoming informed, discerning, and engaged citizens.” However, there is no requirement for media literacy standards within the legislation.

CA Assembly Bill 37

Jul 24, 2017: Approved by the Governor; Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 102, Statutes of 2017.

Dec 5, 2016 – Introduced, 25% progression
Jan 19, 2017 – Referred to Committee on Education
Mar 16, 2017 – Coauthors revised; From committee: Do pass; re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
Apr 17, 2017 – Assembly; Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.
Apr 17, 2017 – In Senate. Read first time. To Committee on RLS. for assignment.
May 10, 2017 – Referred to Committee on Education.
Jun 7, 2017 – Committee Motion: Do pass, but first be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations with the recommendation: To Consent Calendar.
Jun 26, 2017 – From Committee: Be placed on second reading file pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8 and ordered to consent calendar.
Jul 3, 2017 – Senate; Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly; In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
Jul 12, 2017 – Assembly; Enrolled and presented to the Governor.
Jul 24, 2017 – Approved by the Governor; Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 102, Statutes of 2017.

Sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education

This law requires the California Instructional Quality Commission* to consider adding a distinct category to the
“Health Framework for California Public Schools,” including sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education.

CA Senate Bill 1165
Sponsors: Senators Holly Mitchell [D], Marty Block [D].

Sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education includes: discussion of how culture and mass media influence and desensitize our perceptions of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, stereotypes and myths about the victims and abusers, victim blaming, and the role of language (among other provisions).


*The Instructional Quality Commission was formerly the 
Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, part of the state Board of Education.

CA Senate Bill 1165

Passed into Law, September 28th 2014.

Aug 19, 2014 – In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Aug 20, 2014 – Assembly amendments concurred in. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Aug 25, 2014 – Enrolled and presented to the Governor.
Sep 28, 2014 – Approved by the Governor; Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 713, Statures of 2014.

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 947 – An act relating to pupil instruction: digital citizenship and media literacy.

CA Senate Bill 947
Sponsors: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson [D], Senator Bill Dodd [D].

This bill was vetoed on Sep 18, 2018.
It is hoped that Senator Jackson will re-introduce the bill next session.
Read the Veto explanation.

This bill would have required the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), on or before December 1, 2019, and in consultation with an advisory committee, to identify best practices and recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy.

According to the bill’s author (Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, (D-Santa Barbara):
As kids and teens in California use the immense power of technology and digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, they face incredible opportunities as well as potential pitfalls. By creating a pathway to incorporate instruction on digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy into California’s public schools, SB 947 will help our kids learn how to safely, responsibly, and effectively use the extraordinary media and technology resources available to them.

Currently, there are not standards for teaching students about aspects of digital citizenship (i.e., cyber bullying, sexting, privacy, digital footprints, and “fake news”). Educators are faced with the often-overwhelming challenges presented by technology usage by students. SB 947 would establish an advisory board comprised of education experts, working in tandem with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office, to develop best practices and strategies that support school districts, including professional development for educators and administrators.

CA Senate Bill 947

Jan 30, 2017 – Senate: Introduced. Read first time.
Feb 8, 2018 – Senate: Referred to Committee on Education.
Mar 14, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Do pass and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
Apr 16, 2018 – Senate Hearing: Placed on Appropriations suspense file.
May 25, 2018 – Senate: Read second time, amended, ordered to second reading; From committee: Do pass as amended.
May 29, 2018 – Senate: Read second time; ordered to third reading.
May 30, 2018 – Senate: Read third time, passed, ordered to the Assembly.
May 31, 2018 – Assembly: Read first time, held at Desk.
Jun 7, 2018 – Assembly: Referred to Committee on Education.
Jun 18, 2018 – Assembly: From Committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations.
Jun 19, 2018 – Assembly: Read second time and amended; re-referred to Appropriations.
Jun 27, 2018 –  Assembly: From committee: Do pass.
Jun 28, 2018 – Assembly: Read second time, and ordered to third reading.
Aug 13, 2018 – Assembly: Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
Aug 20, 2018 – Assembly: Read third time and passed. Ordered to the Senate.
Aug 21, 2018 – Senate: Assembly amendments concurred in. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Aug 28, 2018 – Senate: Enrolled and presented to the Governor.
Sep 18, 2018 – Vetoed by the Governor; In Senate – consideration of Governor’s item veto pending.

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