Thank you all for working towards advocating for House Bill 400 Media Literacy Advisory Committee. The bill's aim was to set up a committee of experts to advise the NM Public Education Department (PED) on media literacy in K-12 schools and create a comprehensive media literacy plan for the state.
The bill garnered strong bi-partisan backing traveling to House Education Committee, House Appropriations and Finance Committee, House Floor, Senate Education Committee and Senate Floor. It passed with 64-0 votes on the House side and 31-4 on the Senate. Despite the high level of support within legislature and from outside groups, it got pocket-vetoed by the governor as the PED was already working on some initiatives. It was a huge success to get that far. We will continue to educate and advocate.
Please thank bill sponsors for HB400 Representative "Moe" Maestas, Representative Matthew McQueen, Representative Joy Garratt, Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton and bill carrier on the Senate floor Senator Michael Padilla.
It was a huge honor to have worked with the late Senator Carlos Cisneros on SB194 for a School Media Literacy Program. His legacy lives on in SB536 allocating funds for such a program.
Thank your legislators on the house and senate for their hard work and dedication to media literacy
New Mexico Media Literacy Now is a coalition of advocates for students to obtain key skills and tools to interact critically with and participate ethically with media and society.
Media Literacy education – which teaches students to apply critical thinking to media messages and to use media to create their own messages – is a key 21st century skill.
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