Lawmakers Advance Bill to Curb Cyberbullying

co-state-capitol-300Bullying on social media would be penalized with a misdemeanor harassment charge and possible jail time with a bill approved by Colorado House lawmakers. The proposal passed the chamber yesterday on a bipartisan 43-22 vote. But some Republicans who opposed the bill worry the proposal is over-broad and could unintentionally chill free speech. The bill is headed to the Senate for consideration. Under the bill, cyberbullying would be misdemeanor harassment punishable by as much as $750 in fines and up to six months in county jail. The bill sponsor, Aurora Democratic Representative Rhonda Fields, is naming her proposal after Kiana Arellano, a Douglas County high school cheerleader who tried to hang herself in 2013.

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