New Mexico Legislation

New Mexico Legislation 2017-04-18T09:58:21+00:00

Current Legislation

House Bill 49 – Media Literacy Best Practices

HM 49 – 2017 Regular Session

January 21, 2017 – House; Referred to House Education Committee.
January 24, 2017 –  House; Do pass committee report adopted.
January 26, 2017 –  House; Passed House (44-0).
January 28, 2017 – Signed in House, action completed.

New Mexico House Bill 49

The Memorial passed, which means that the legislature acknowledges the importance of studying the need for and best practices in media literacy education and will conduct an inquiry during the interim, when most of the legislative work of New Mexico takes place.

House Memorial 49 (HM49) requests the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) or another appropriate interim committee to hold a hearing on media literacy and best practices.

HM49 also requests the Public Education Department (PED) and local school districts to develop best practices and to offer media literacy, defined as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, develop, produce and interpret media, and it encompasses the foundational skills that lead to digital citizenship.”

Digital citizenship “requires a diverse set of skills related to current technology and social media use and includes the norms of appropriate, responsible and healthy behavior.”

House Bill 303 – Life skills as a graduation requirement, including a major emphasis on media literacy

HB 303 – 2017 Regular Session

January 20, 2017 – Referred to House Education committee.

New Mexico House Bill 303

House Bill 303 (HB303) changes graduation requirements for the New Mexico diploma of excellence for students entering the ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year. HB303 reduces the mathematics units from four to three and increases the elective units from seven and one-half
to eight and one-half. The mathematics units must include algebra and geometry. HB303 moves career cluster courses and languages other than English to elective units. Life skills would emphasize financial literacy, media literacy, and workplace readiness.

Existing Law

NMSA 1978 | 22-13-1.1 – Media literacy as an elective in middle and high schools

New Mexico Statutes: NMSA 1978 Section 22-13-1
The law states that media literacy may be offered as an elective for graduation requirements for high school, and media literacy may be offered as an elective in 6th through 8th grade.

Additional information about the history of legislation in New Mexico

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 14 – Computer programming for language credit

Introduced Jan. 20 2015. Adjourned sine die, no further action expected.
Allowing a course in a modern, widely used computer programming language to count as a language other than English.

Senate Bill 14 (2015) – Computer programming for language credit

House Bill No. 233 – “Media literacy as elective in public schools”

Introduced on January 23 2011. Died in Chamber.
The bill would have amended the above law to require media literacy to be offered as an elective for public schools for students in grades six through twelve.

House Bill 233 (2011) – Media literacy as elective in public school

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