The governor has the revised cyberbullying law on his desk.
The new proposal, HB2556, was sent to the governor for approval May 2. It adds to the legal definition of harassment the sending of an image through electronic means “with the malicious intent to threaten” another person — replacing a broader definition that included efforts to “frighten,” “intimidate” or “cause emotional distress.”
The revision is an attempt to make the bill “more acceptable to lawmakers but still clear enough where people understand how serious it is in how it needed to be addressed,” sponsor Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said. Ketron says the move would focus the law on intentional cyber harassment and not the exercise of free speech.
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