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House Bill 1402 – Establishes a Joint Committee on Media Literacy.

MO House Bill 1402
Sponsor: Rep. Jim Murphy (R).

This bill would establish the “Joint Committee on Media Literacy” comprised of 14 members; three to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, three appointed by the President ProTem of the Senate, and eight members appointed by the Governor as outlined in the bill.

The purpose of the committee shall be to conduct a study on teaching “media literacy”, as defined in the bill as the set of skills required to critically assess, analyze, create, and participate in the information and media environment in all of its formats including, but not limited to, advertising, film and television, journalism, music and radio, magazine and book publishing, websites, and mobile applications.

The committee will meet at least once during each legislative session, and organize as outlined in the bill. The committee shall also complete and submit a final report to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tem of the Senate, which shall include recommendations and guidance on best practices as outlined in the bill by February 1, 2021.

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:

    Julie Smith, Missouri Chapter Leader
    Get in touch with her at heyjuliesmith@gmail.com

MO House Bill 1402

Dec 2, 2019 – House: Prefiled.
Jan 8, 2020 – Read first time.
Jan 9, 2020 – Read second time.

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