OLR Bill Analysis

SB 949 (File 565, as amended by Senate "A")*

AN ACT CREATING AN ADVISORY COUNCIL RELATING TO DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, INTERNET SAFETY AND MEDIA LITERACY.

SUMMARY

This bill establishes a Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Media Literacy Advisory Council within the State Department of Education.

The education commissioner appoints the members, who must include teachers; librarians; representatives from parent-teacher organizations; and people with expertise in digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. The bill does not specify the number of council members.

The council must provide recommendations to the State Board of Education about (1) best practices for instruction in digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy and (2) methods of instructing students to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use media and technology resources. The bill does not specify a deadline for the recommendations to be submitted.

The bill prohibits any council member from receiving mileage reimbursement or a transportation allowance for traveling to a council meeting.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds the provision that prohibits council members from receiving mileage reimbursement or a transportation allowance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

34

Nay

0

(03/20/2017)