Good Bills We’re Following this Session

At EveryLibrary we don’t just pay attention to the bills that harm our industry; we also track and support the good ones. Legislators across the country have filed bills promoting digital equity and media literacy programs. We support legislation that will increase access to technology and help students learn how to critically consume media.

Digital Equity

California

SB767 Educational technology: Digital Education Equity Program: regional consortia: State Digital Equity Plan.

Summary: Provides statewide educational technology services that address local needs. Requires local educational agencies to adopt technology equity plans

Status: 8/26/21 Hearing

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB767

 

Illinois

HB4092 Amends the State Library Act

Summary: Will help bring great equity to residents served by local libraries with fewer resources

Status: 5/25/21 Referred to Rules Committee

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4092&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&SessionID=110&GA=102

 

Minnesota

HF1856/SF1477 A bill for an act relating to education; providing for school libraries and media centers; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 124D.

Summary: School districts must ensure students have equitable and free access to libraries or school library media centers. Requires school districts to employ media specialist or licensed librarians to provide instruction to students.

Status: 3/4/21 Referred to Education Policy Committee

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF1856&ssn=0&y=2021

 

Media Literacy

California

AB2064 Pupil instruction: media literacy: resources

Summary: requires the State Department of Education to provide resources and instructional materials on media literacy and media literacy professional development programs for teachers.

Status: 3/17/22 may be heard in committee

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billStatusClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB2064

 

Delaware

SB195 An act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Media Literacy

Summary: States that media literacy is crucial for students to make safe decisions regarding social media and informed civic decisions. Requires the Dept. of Education to develop and maintain media literacy standards for kindergarten through grade 12.

Status: 1/26/22 Reported Out of Committee (Education) in House with 4 Favorable, 8 On Its Merits

https://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail/78981

 

Hawaii

SB362 A bill for an act relating to education

Summary: Students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 should be educated in media literacy. Requires the Dept. of Education to establish an advisory committee to make recommendations regarding media literacy. Includes librarians.

Status: 12/10/21 Carried over to 2022 Regular Session

https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=362&year=2021

 

SB2214 A bill for an act relating to digital literacy

Summary: Finds that guidance and knowledge on the use of digital media is lacking and that digital literacy skills are crucial. Establishes a digital literacy program to be administered by the board of education through the state librarian.

Status: 2/9/22 Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended and referred to Ways and Means

https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2214%20&year=2022

 

Massachusetts

H688 An act relative to media literacy in public schools

Summary: Creates a Media Literacy Advisory Council and requires the Dept. of Education to incorporate media literacy into kindergarten through grade 12 education based on the recommendations of the council.

Status: 9/13/21 Hearing

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H688

 

S302 An act relative to media literacy

Summary: Requires schools to help students develop skills to evaluate written and digital media.

Status: 9/13/21 hearing

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S302

 

Michigan

HB4463 A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled “The revised school code,”

Summary: Requires schools to have a library media specialist to help students learn media literacy skills

Status: 4/20/21 referred to Committee on Education

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(z10oepfdujkupfixjht5bc4g))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2021-HB-4663

 

New Jersey

S588 An act concerning public school instruction on information 2 literacy and supplementing chapters 26 and 35 of Title 18A of 3 the New Jersey Statutes

Summary: Requires school districts to incorporate instruction on information literacy into the curriculum in grades kindergarten through 12.

Status: 1/11/22 Referred to Education Committee

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/S588

 

New Mexico

SB195 An act making an appropriation to the public education department for the expansion of a statewide media literacy program in public schools.

Summary: Expands a statewide media literacy program in public schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

Status: 2/4/22 Reported by committee with Do Pass recommendation

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=195&year=22

 

New York

A209 An act to direct the commissioner of education to appoint a media literacy advisory committee to study the teaching of media literacy; and to amend the education law, in relation to creating a media literacy advisory committee to annually review policy and procedures on media literacy

Summary: Creates a media advisory committee to establish best practices for teaching media literacy in public schools.

Status: 1/5/22 Referred to Education Committee

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/A209

 

A468 An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the department of education to provide school districts with a list of resources and instructional materials on media literacy

Summary: requires the State Department of Education to provide resources and instructional materials on media literacy and media literacy professional development programs for teachers.

Status: 1/5/22 Referred to Education Committee

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/A468

 

A6142/S8214 An act to direct the commissioner of education to appoint a media literacy advisory group to study the teaching of media literacy

Summary: Directs the commissioner of education to appoint a media literacy advisory group to study the teaching of media literacy and to establish links to recommended successful practices and resources to support media literacy

Status: Assembly bill: 1/5/22 Referred to Education Committee, Senate bill: 2/2/22 Referred to Libraries

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a6142/amendment/a

 

A6153/S8213 An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring teachers and library media specialists to complete professional development related to media literacy education

Summary: Incorporates professional media literacy training for teachers

Status: Assembly bill: 1/5/22 Referred to Education, Senate bill: 2/2/22 Referred to Education

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/A6153

 

A6225/S8212 An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring a school library media specialist in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high and senior high school

Summary: Requires schools to have a library media specialist to help students learn media literacy skills

Status: Assembly bill: 1/5/22 Referred to Education, Senate bill: 2/2/22 Referred to Libraries

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/A6225

 

A8222/S8215 An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating a set of media literacy standards for students in grades kindergarten through twelve

Summary: Requires school districts to incorporate instruction on information literacy into the curriculum in grades kindergarten through 12.

Status: Assembly bill: 1/5/22 Referred to Education, Senate bill: 2/2/22 Referred to Education

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/A8222

 

Oklahoma

HB4317 An Act relating to schools; directing the State Board of Education to adopt standards and guidelines for school libraries; prohibiting use of certain standards; listing minimum standards and guidelines; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.
Summary: The State Board of Education shall adopt the Oklahoma Information Literacy Standards to help students develop critical thinking skills
Status: 2/8/22 Referred to Common Education
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=hb4317&Session=2200

SB1640 directs each school district library in the state to provide an effective library media program with a balanced collection of print materials, nonprint materials, multimedia resources, and equipment and supplies. It directs each school district board of education to adopt and post on the district’s website a comprehensive written policy that guides selection, deselection, and reconsideration of library media materials. The measure directs school district library, media center, media materials, equipment, and related school staff to be available to students and staff throughout the school day.
Status: Introduced 2/7/22
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=sb1640&Session=2200

Pennsylvania

HB906 An act relating to the public school system, including certain provisions applicable as well to private and parochial schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the laws relating thereto, in terms and courses of study, providing for media literacy education

Summary: Develops media literacy curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12 to develop critical thinking skills.

Status: 3/15/21 Referred to Education Committee

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2021&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=906

 

South Carolina

H3332 Critical thinking and media literacy skills

Summary: Adds critical thinking and media literacy skills to public school education

Status: 1/12/21 Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/billsearch.php?billnumbers=3332&session=124&summary=B

 

Virginia

HB1026 Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Media Literacy Advisory Council; established, sunset date.

Summary: Creates a Media Literacy Advisory Council and requires the Dept. of Education to incorporate media literacy education based on the recommendations of the council.

Status: 2/11/22 Passed in the House, crossed over to the Senate

https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?221+sum+HB1026

 

Washington

SB5242 An act relating to supporting media literacy and digital citizenship; adding new sections to chapter 28A.300 RCW; and providing expiration dates.

Summary: Creates a grant program for supporting media literacy in public schools.

Status: 1/10/22 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

Senate Rules "X" file.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5242&Year=2021&Initiative=false#documentSection