California Legislation

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Current Legislation

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: Sen. 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. Urges various entities in the movie industry to adopt the policy and practice in their film and video rating systems. 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.

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  • Find your State Legislators’ contact info here

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    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)

  • Let Us Know

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

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    California:
    Lisa Levine
    lisalevinephoto@yahoo.com

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.
June 6, 2018 – Senate: From committee: Be adopted and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations. Re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
June 25, 2018 – Senate: From committee: Be ordered to second reading.
June 26, 2018 – Senate: Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
July 2, 2018 – Senate: Read. Adopted. Ordered to the Assembly.
July 3, 2018 – Assembly: In Assembly. Held at Desk.

Senate Bill 830 – An act relating to pupil instruction: a model curriculum in media literacy.

CA Senate Bill 830

Sponsors: Sen. Bill Dodd [D],  Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson [D],  Asm. Kevin Mullin [D].

This bill 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, but not be limited to, 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.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • 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)

  • Let Us Know

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

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    California:
    Lisa Levine
    lisalevinephoto@yahoo.com

CA Senate Bill 830

January 3, 2018 – Senate: Introduced. Read first time. To Comm. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
January 16, 2018 – Senate: Referred to Committee. on Education.
March 20, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations.
March 21, 2018 – Senate: Read 2nd time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
April 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.
June 11, 2018 – Assembly: Referred to Committee on Education.
June 28, 2018 – Assembly: From Committee: Do pass and re-refer. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.

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

CA Senate Bill 947

Sponsors: Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson [D], Sen. Bill Dodd [D].

This bill requires 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.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • 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)

  • Let Us Know

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

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    California:
    Lisa Levine
    lisalevinephoto@yahoo.com

CA Senate Bill 947

January 30, 2017 – Senate: Introduced. Read first time.
February 8, 2018 – Senate: Referred to Committee on Education.
March 14, 2018 – Senate: From Committee: Do pass and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations.
April 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.
June 7, 2018 – Assembly: Referred to Committee on Education.
June 18, 2018 – Assembly: From Committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations.
June 19, 2018 – Assembly: Read second time and amended; re-referred to Appropriations.
June 27, 2018 –  Assembly: From committee: Do pass.
June 28, 2018 – Assembly: Read second time, and ordered to third reading.

Senate Bill 135 – An act relating to pupil instruction: media literacy.

CA Senate Bill 135

Sponsors: Sen. Bill Dodd [D], Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson [D]

This bill would require the State Board of Education, in the next revision of instructional materials or curriculum frameworks in social sciences for grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to include media literacy, as defined (adding Section 51206.5 to the Education Code).

The bill would also require the State Department of Education to make available on its Internet Web site a list of resources and materials on media literacy and to ensure that media literacy training opportunities are made available for use in professional development programs for teachers.

Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, and for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer courses in specified areas of study, including social sciences.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
  • 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)

  • Let Us Know

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

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    California:
    Lisa Levine
    lisalevinephoto@yahoo.com

CA Senate Bill 135

January 11, 2017 – Senate; Introduced. Read first time.
January 19, 2017 – Senate; Referred to Committee on Education.
March 24, 2017 –  Senate; Set for hearing April 19th.
April 4, 2017 –  From committee w/ author’s amendments. Read 2nd time & amended. Re-referred to Comm. on Education.
April 26, 2017 – Read 2nd time & amended. Re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
May 25, 2017 –  From committee: Do pass.
May 30, 2017 – Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.
May 31, 2017 – In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
June 8, 2017 – Referred to Committee on Education.
June 21, 2017 – Assembly; June 21 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
July 3, 2017 –  Assembly; From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time, amended; re-referred to Comm. on Education.
July 13, 2017 –  Assembly; From committee: Do pass and re-refer. Re-referred to Committee on APPR.
July 19, 2017 – Assembly; Placed on Committee on APPR suspense file.
Sept 1, 2017 – Assembly; Hearing: held in committee and under submission.

Existing Law

Assembly Bill 37 – To update media arts education standards: animation, cinema, digital sound production, imaging design, interactive design, and virtual design.

CA Assembly Bill 37

An act to amend Section 60605.13 of the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction – visual and performing arts: content standards in media arts.

AB 37 requires State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to select a group of expert elementary and second secondary school teachers who will recommend standards—what students are expected to learn—for media arts education.

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

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

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

Senate Bill 1165 – Pupil instruction: Sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education.

CA Senate Bill 1165

The *Instructional Quality Commission is required to consider adding a distinct category to the “Health Framework for California Public Schools” that includes sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education.

This category includes: discussion of how culture and mass media influence and desensitize our perceptions of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, including, but not limited to, 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.

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

Recent Legislation

Assembly Bill 155 – An act relating to pupil instruction: civic online reasoning.

CA Assembly Bill 155

This bill would have required the Instructional Quality Commission to develop, and the state board to adopt, revised curriculum standards and frameworks for English language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science that incorporate civic online reasoning, as defined (adding Section 51226.8 to the Education Code).

…”Civic online reasoning” means the ability to judge the credibility and quality of information found on Internet Web sites, including social media. Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include, among other subjects, English, the social sciences, science, and mathematics.

Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.

CA Assembly Bill 155

January 11, 2017 – Assembly; Read first time. To print.
January 30, 2017 –  Assembly; Referred to Committee on Education.
May 1, 2017 – Assembly; From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Comm. on APPR. (April 19).
May 2, 2017 – Assembly; Read second time and amended.
May 3, 2017 – Assembly; Re-referred to Comm. on APPR.
May 17, 2017 – Assembly; In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
May 26, 2017 – Assembly; In committee: Held under submission.
January 31, 2018 – Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution.
February 1, 2018 – Assembly; From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.

Senate Bill 318 – Education technology and digital resources training pilot program.

CA Senate Bill 318

Would have appropriated one million dollars ($1,000,000) for a pilot program to train K-12 teachers to more effectively utilize technology and digital resources, while also measuring and teaching the critical 21st-century skills pupils need to succeed on California’s next-generation online assessments, as well as to prepare pupils for college and career objectives.

The pilot program could have included the ability to measure 21st-century skills of teachers and pupils using the international standards defined by the International Society for Technology in Education.

The skills to be measured could have included, but not be limited to, all of the following:

  • Creativity and innovation
    Communication and collaboration
    Research and information fluency
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    Digital citizenship
    Technology operations and concepts

CA Senate Bill 318

Feb 23, 2015 – Introduced.
Apr 15, 2015 – Senate Education Committee hearing; The bill was reported out of the appropriations committee but then re-referred to the same committee, and “held under submission” which means the committee or author want to work on the bill further.
Feb 1, 2016 – Failed – 100% progression; returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.

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