Recent Legislation

House Bill 4340 — A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled the revised school code:  Safe technology utilization and digital citizenship.

MI House Bill 4340 (2017)

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Kosowski [D].

House Bill 4340 was designed to insure that all of the following regarding information technology in schools would be implemented:

  1. Adequate internet filtering is installed… to prevent the viewing of harmful content…
  2. A policy requiring safe technology utilization and digital citizenship is adopted and implemented…
  3. Steps are taken to provide for… safe technology utilization and digital citizenship that will promote smart media and online choices…

MI House Bill 4340 (2017)

Mar 9, 2017 – Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski and referred to the Committee on Education Reform.
Mar 14, 2017 – House Bill electronically reproduced 03/09/2017; died in chamber.

House Bill 5044 — Instruction on Internet safety.

MI House Bill 5044

“…To ensure that the school curriculum includes an age-appropriate lesson of instruction on Internet safety to be taught at least once each school year to pupils in grades 1 to 12.”

The wording of the bill matched the language of an Illinois law on Internet safety education. See Illinois Legislation page.

The required topics within the bill:

  • Safe and responsible use of social networking websites.
  • Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations by sexual predators.
  • Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
  • Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online.
  • Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying.
  • Reporting illegal activities and communications on the Internet.
  • Copyright laws on written materials, music, photographs and videos.

MI House Bill 5044  |  2015-2016  |  Prior Session Legislation

November 3rd, 2015 – Introduced.

25% progression, Died in committee.

MI House Bill 4781 — Concerning information technology.

MI House Bill 4781

 …To amend school code; to ensure the following concerning information technology:

  • Adequate Internet filtering to prevent the viewing of harmful content by pupils or school personnel.
  • A policy requiring safe technology utilization and digital citizenship.
  • Education and awareness… to promote smart media and online choices by pupils.

MI House Bill 4781  |  2015-2016  |  Prior Session Legislation

July 14th, 2015 – Introduced. Referred to the Committee on Education.

25% progression, Died in committee.

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