Connecticut Legislation

Connecticut Legislation 2017-07-13T12:50:42+00:00

Current Legislation

Senate Bill 949 – To create an advisory council within the Department of Education relating to digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy.

CT Senate Bill 949
Status: Passed on June 9 2017 – 100% progression

Scheduled to become law 7/1/2017 as Public Act 17-67 

March 1, 2017 – Referred to Joint Committee on Education.
March 2, 2017 – Public Hearing 03/06.
March 20, 2017 – Joint; Favorable.
March 27, 2017 – Senate; Filed with Legislative Commissioners’ Office.
April 6, 2017 – Senate; Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis 04/11/17.
April 12, 2017 – Senate; Reported Out of Legislative Commissioners’ Office.
April 12, 2017 – Senate Favorable Report, Tabled for the Senate Calendar.
May 25, 2017 – Senate; Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule A.
May 26, 2017 – Senate; Favorable Report, Tabled for House Calendar Number 603.
June 2, 2017 – House; Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule A; Senate In Concurrence.
June 9, 2017 – Senate; Public Act 17-67.
June 16, 2017 – Senate; Transmitted to Secretary of State, then by Secretary of State to Governor.
June 27, 2017 – Senate; Signed by the Governor.

Senate Bill No. 949
Public Act No. 17-67

AN ACT CREATING AN ADVISORY COUNCIL RELATING TO DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, INTERNET SAFETY AND MEDIA LITERACY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) There is established a Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety and Media Literacy Advisory Council within the Department of Education. The council shall consist of teachers, librarians, representatives from parent-teacher organizations and persons with expertise in digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy, as appointed by the Commissioner of Education. The council shall provide recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding (1) best practices relating to instruction in digital citizenship, Internet safety and media literacy, and (2) methods of instructing students to safely, ethically, responsibly and effectively use media and technology resources. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-15
of the general statutes, no member of the council shall receive mileage reimbursement or a transportation allowance for traveling to a meeting of the council.

Existing Law

Senate Bill 962 – To include instruction in computer programming, and the safe use of social media in the public schools.

February 19, 2015 – Referred to Joint Committee on Education.
May 21, 2015 – Senate Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule A.
May 27, 2015 House Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule A.
June 23, 2015 – Signed by the Governor.

Health and safety curricula will require students to undergo training in safe usage of social media. School boards will be allowed to accept grants and other such means for funding the courses. The legislation also states that public school students will receive instruction in computer programming.

The social media provisions in this law were derived from proposed Senate bill 62, introduced by Sen. Terry Gerratana through the advocacy of MLN partners Welcome 2 Reality.

Connecticut SB 962

Recent Legislation

Proposed Bill 62 – An act concerning the inclusion of media literacy skills instruction in the public school curriculum

January 14th, 2015 – Introduced. Referred to Joint Committee on Education.

Folded into SB 962, Existing Law, above.

Proposed Bill No. 62  |  LCO No. 427  |  January Session, 2015

Would require the State Board of Education to encourage local and regional boards of education to offer media literacy as part of the program of instruction offered in the public school curriculum.

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