Current Legislation

Senate Concurrent Resolution 41 / State Resolution 21 – Asks the Department of Education to to develop a plan to teach digital citizenship and media literacy in grades K-12 in public schools.

HI Senate Concurrent Resolution 41
HI State Resolution 21

Sponsors: Sen. Mike Gabbard [D], et al.

These resolutions, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would require the Department of Education to develop a plan to teach digital citizenship and media literacy in grades K-12 in public schools, including charter schools and Hawaiian language immersion schools. They would also require the Department of Education to convene an advisory committee to make recommendations on best practices for purposes of developing and implementing the plan, and would require an annual report to legislature.

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      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).

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HI Senate Concurrent Resolution 41
HI Senate Resolution 21 

Feb 27, 2020 – Senate: Offered; Referred to EDU/TEC.

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 2766 – Would have required the Department of Education to develop a plan to teach digital citizenship and media literacy in grades K-12 in public schools.

HI Senate Bill 2766

Primary sponsors: Sen. Mike Gabbard [D], Sen. Rosalyn Baker [D], Sen. Dru Kanuha [D], Sen. Donna Kim [D], Sen. Maile Shimabukuro [D].

The bill, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would have required the Department of Education to develop a plan to teach digital citizenship and media literacy in grades K-12 in public schools, including charter schools and Hawaiian language immersion schools. It would also have required the Department of Education to convene an advisory committee to make recommendations on best practices for purposes of developing and implementing the plan, and required an annual report to legislature.

HI Senate Bill 2766

Jan 17, 2020 – Senate: Introduced.
Jan 21, 2020 – Passed first reading.
Jan 27, 2020 – Referred to EDU/TEC.

Failed to get a hearing in EDU/TEC committees; dead for the session.

Senate Bill 2070 – Would have required the Department of Education to develop a plan to teach digital citizenship and media literacy in grades K-12 in public schools.

HI Senate Bill 2070

Primary sponsors: Sen. Mike Gabbard, Sen. William Espero, Sen. Michelle Kidani, Sen. Stanley Chang, Sen. Donovan Cruz, Sen. Josh Green, Sen. Kaiali’i Kahele, Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

The bill, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would have required the Department of Education to develop a plan to teach digital citizenship and media literacy in grades K-12 in public schools, including charter schools and Hawaiian language immersion schools. It also would have required the Department of Education to convene an advisory committee to make recommendations on best practices for purposes of developing and implementing the plan, and required an annual report to legislature.

HI Senate Bill 2070

Jan 19, 2018 – Senate; Bill introduced and passed first reading.
Jan 22, 2018 – Senate; Referred to Education Committee, Ways and Means Committee.
Feb 7, 2018 – Senate; The Education Committee recommends that the measure be passed, with amendments.
Feb 13, 2018 – Senate; Reported from Education, with recommendation of passage on Second Reading, as amended; referral to Ways and Means.
Feb 13, 2018 – Senate; Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to Ways and Means.
Mar 6, 2018 – Senate/House; Report adopted in Senate; Passed Third Reading, as amended (SD 2). Sent to House – Pass first reading.
Mar 19, 2018 – House: The committees on Education recommend that the measure be passed, with amendments.
Mar 23, 2018 – House: Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on Finance.