Harassment by computer and electronic means; penalty. (HB2106)

Introduced By

Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell) with support from co-patron Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Harassment by computer and electronic means; penalty. Provides that any person who, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, (i) engages in a continuing course of conduct of communication by electronic means or using a computer or computer network to make disparaging statements about such person's physical characteristics, sexuality, sexual activity, or mental or physical health or condition; (ii) creates a fake profile of such person on any Internet website or social media platform; (iii) pretends to be another person in any Internet chat room, electronic mail message, or instant electronic message; (iv) posts a real or altered image of such person on the Internet; or (v) accesses, alters, copies, or erases any content of a computer, computer network, or password protected account on any network or social media platform is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If any person age 18 or older commits such offense involving a child victim, the penalty upon conviction shall include a mandatory minimum term of confinement of 10 days and a mandatory minimum fine of $250. If any person age 18 or older has previously been convicted of such offense involving a child victim, a second or subsequent conviction involving a child victim shall include a mandatory minimum term of confinement of 30 days and a mandatory minimum fine of $500. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2019Committee
01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103990D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2106)
01/21/2019Referred from Science and Technology
01/21/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice