United States Senate
                                                                                                Bill  S.948 - CAMRA Act

Sponsor:                         Senator Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] (introduced 3/21/2007)
Co-sponsors and date:   Senator Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] - 3/21/2007
                            Senator Brownback, Sam [KS] - 3/21/2007
                            Senator Durbin, Richard [IL] - 3/21/2007
                            Senator Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] - 3/21/2007
                            Senator Bayh, Evan [IN] - 4/23/2007
                            Senator Brown, Sherrod [OH] - 4/23/2007

                                                                          110th CONGRESS  
                   
                                                                             1st Session

Mr. LIEBERMAN (for himself, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. DURBIN, and Mr. CASEY) introduced the following bill; which was
read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
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To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize funding for the establishment of a program on children and the media within the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the role and impact of electronic media in the development of
children.

                                                    
 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES    

                                                                    
    March 21, 2007

Mr. LIEBERMAN (for himself, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. DURBIN, and Mr. CASEY) introduced the following bill; which was
read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

                                                                                A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize funding for the establishment of a program on children and the media within the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the role and impact of electronic media in the development of
children.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Children and Media Research Advancement Act' or the `CAMRA Act'.

SECTION 2. PURPOSE.

It is the purpose of this Act to enable the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to--
(1)
examine the role and impact, both positive and negative, of electronic media in children's and adolescents'      
cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and behavioral development; and
(2) provide for a report to Congress containing the empirical evidence and other results produced by the research funded
through               grants under this Act.

SECTION 3. RESEARCH ON THE ROLE AND IMPACT OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN
AND                                 ADOLESCENTS
.

Subpart 7 of part C of title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 285g et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the
following:

`SEC. 452H. RESEARCH ON THE ROLE AND IMPACT OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND
ADOLESCENTS.
(a) In General- Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Institute), shall enter
into          a contract with the National Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine or another appropriate entity
to               review, synthesize, and report on research, and establish research priorities, regarding the roles and impact of electronic
media             (including television, motion pictures, DVD's, interactive video games, digital music, the Internet, and cell phones) and
exposures            to such media on youth in the following core areas of development:
(1) COGNITIVE- Cognitive areas such as language development, attention span, problem solving skills (such as the ability
to                       conduct multiple tasks or `multitask'), visual and spatial skills, reading, and other learning abilities.
(2) PHYSICAL- Physical areas such as physical coordination, diet, exercise, sleeping and eating routines.
(3) SOCIO-BEHAVIORAL- Socio-behavioral areas such as family activities and peer relationships including indoor and
outdoor                    play time, interactions with parents, consumption habits, social relationships, aggression, and positive social
behavior.

(b)
Research Program-
`
(1) IN GENERAL- Taking into account the report provided for under subsection         
  (a), the Secretary, acting through the Director, shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, award grants for
research                           concerning the role and impact of electronic media on the cognitive, physical, and socio-behavioral
development of youth.
(2) REQUIREMENTS- The research provided for under paragraph
  (1) shall comply with the following requirements:
          (A) Such research shall focus on the impact of factors such as media content (whether direct or indirect), format,
length                                of exposure, age of youth, venue, and nature of parental involvement.
`                       (B) Such research shall not duplicate other Federal research activities.
`                       (C) For purposes of such research, electronic media shall include television, motion pictures, DVD's, interactive
video                                   games, digital music, the Internet, and cell phones.
`     
(3) ELIGIBLE ENTITIES- To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity shall--
`                (A) prepare and submit to the Director an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as
the                          Director shall require; and
`                (B) agree to use amounts received under the grant to carry out activities as described in this subsection.
`                (c) Reports-
`                        (1) REPORT TO THE DIRECTOR- Not later than 15 months after the date of the enactment of this section, the
report                                   provided for under subsection (a) shall be submitted to the Director and to the appropriate committees of
Congress.
`                        (2) REPORT TO CONGRESS- Not later than December 31, 2013, the Secretary, acting through the Director,
shall                                        prepare and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that--
`                                (A) synthesizes the results of--
`                                       (i) research carried out under the grant program under subsection (b); and
`                                       (ii) other related research, including research conducted by the private or public sector and other
Federal                                                    entities; and
`                                (B) outlines existing research gaps in light of the information described in subparagraph (A).
`                (d) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $10,000,000 for
fiscal                           year 2008, $15,000,000 for fiscal year 2009, $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2011,
and                              $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.'.

Source: Thomas Directory:   
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/c110query.html
                                                                              Senate Bill S.948
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Synopsis:  A bill to provide $95 million for a study to be conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
on the impact of electronic media in the physical and mental development of children, including but not limited to, television,
motion pictures, DVD's, interactive video games, digital music, the Internet, and cell phones, over a 5-year period.  
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