New Mexico Legislation

New Mexico Legislation2018-07-31T11:26:47+00:00

Current Legislation

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

NM House Bill 303

Sponsor: Rep. Matthew McQueen [D].

HB303 would change the graduation requirements for the New Mexico diploma of excellence for students entering 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 would move career cluster courses and languages other than English to elective units. Life skills would emphasize financial literacy, media literacy, and workplace readiness.

NM House Bill 303

January 20, 2017 – Referred to House Education committee.

API (Action postponed indefinitely).

Existing Law

House Memorial 49 – Media Literacy Best Practices

NM House Memorial 49

The Memorial passed (1/28/2017), 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.

Sponsor: Rep. Antonio Maestas (D).

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.”

NM House Memorial 49

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.

NM Stat § 22-13-1.1 (2017) – Media literacy as an elective in middle and high schools.

NM Stat § 22-13-1.1 (2017)

2017 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 22 – Public Schools
Article 13 – Courses of Instruction and School Programs
Section 22-13-1.1 – Graduation requirements.

This 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.

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 14 – Computer programming for language credit.

NM Senate Bill 14

Sponsor: Sen. Jacob Candelaria [D].

This Act would have allowed a course in a modern, widely used computer programming language to count as a language other than English.

NM Senate Bill 14

Jan. 20, 2015 – Introduced; Assigned to Senate Education and then to Senate Public Affairs; Action postponed indefinitely – no further action expected.

House Bill 233 – Media literacy as elective in public schools.

NM House Bill 233

Sponsor: Rep. Antonio Maestas [D].

This bill would have amended the law to require media literacy to be offered as an elective for public schools for students in grades six through twelve.

NM House Bill 233

Jan 23, 2011 – Introduced; Died in Chamber (Action postponed indefinitely).

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