June 8, 2010
April 28, 2010(Key vote)
Title: Prohibiting "Cyber-Bullying"
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that prohibits "cyber-bullying," meaning the transmission of any electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication to an individual under 17 years of age with the intent to coerce, abuse, torment, intimidate, harass, embarrass, or cause emotional distress.
-Defines "electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication" as any communication of any kind made through the use of a computer online service, Internet service, or any other means of electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a local bulletin board service, Internet chat room, electronic mail or online messaging service (Sec. 1).
-Establishes the following penalties for violating the prohibition against cyber-bullying (Sec. 1):
-A fine of up to $500, up to 6 months imprisonment, or both for the first conviction;
-A fine of up to $2,000, up to 1 year imprisonment, or both for the second conviction; and
-A fine of up to $5,000, between 1 and 5 years imprisonment, or both for the third or subsequent conviction.