Current 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

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Kosowski [D].

A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled “the revised school code,” (MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1292.
To insure that all of the following are met regarding information technology in schools:

  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…
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).


    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:

    Lauren K. Terry

MI House Bill 4340

March 9, 2017 – Introduced by Rep. Robert Kosowski and referred to the Committee on Education Reform.

Recent Legislation

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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