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Attorney General Duties to Prevent Mis- & Dis-information

Concerning a requirement that the attorney general coordinate with the department of education in an effort to prevent the proliferation of factually inaccurate data by sharing resources to encourage respectful discourse.
2024 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

To prevent and combat the sharing and spreading of misinformation and disinformation, the attorney general is required to:

  • Establish an initiative to encourage respectful engagement and discourse;
  • Develop and share a curriculum resources to facilitate productive and honest conversations regarding statewide and national issues to help people find common ground; and
  • Collaborate with organizations across the state to develop and update the materials that are used in connection with the curriculum resources and coordinate with the department of education to make the resources available to schools and school districts in the state .

The attorney general is also required to study how the internet and other media channels, including social media platforms, are used to share and spread misinformation and disinformation. In addition, the attorney general is required to review relevant state and federal constitutional provisions and federal laws and regulations to address preemption and the intersection of state and federal authority. The attorney general may invite experts to collaborate or consult with the attorney general or to provide other assistance to the attorney general in performing the duties specified in the bill. The attorney general is required to publish a report of its findings and to submit the report to the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives. The report must include recommendations for state legislation. For the 2024-2025 state fiscal year, $150,000 is appropriated to the department of law for the implementation of the bill.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details