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Existing Law

Best practices for the use of digital devices in school classrooms.

Media Literacy Now sees this legislation as parallel and complementary to our work on media literacy. It brings attention to the serious potential physical health effects of the use of technology in the classroom, and demands that policymakers pay attention to those risks. Read more: In a first, classroom screen safety bill goes to Maryland governor.

This bill (MD HB1110), approved by the Governor in April of 2018, requires the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health, to develop health and safety best practices for the use of digital devices in school classrooms. It further requires the Department to provide the best practices to each county board and nonpublic school for consideration and adoption.

MD House Bill 1110

Feb 7, 2018 – House: First Reading Ways and Means.
Mar 26, 2018 – Favorable with Amendments Report by Ways and Means.
Mar 28, 2018 – Third Reading Passed (139-0).
Mar 29, 2018 – Senate: First Reading Senate Rules.
Apr 2, 2018 – Re-referred to Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs.
Apr 5, 2018 – Favorable Report Adopted.
Apr 6, 2018 – Third Reading Passed (44-0).
Apr 24, 2018 – House: Approved by the Governor – Chapter 244.

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