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S02318 Summary:

BILL NOS02318A
 
SAME ASSAME AS A09741
 
SPONSORRANZENHOFER
 
COSPNSRADDABBO, AVELLA, CARLUCCI, DEFRANCISCO, FUNKE, GOLDEN, HAMILTON, LARKIN, O'MARA, RITCHIE, SEPULVEDA
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 12-a, Ed L
 
Prohibits a person from knowingly engaging in a repeated course of cyberbullying of a minor; guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a fine not more than one thousand dollars, or by a period of imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both.
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S02318 Actions:

BILL NOS02318A
 
01/13/2017REFERRED TO EDUCATION
05/08/2017AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
05/08/2017PRINT NUMBER 2318A
05/23/20171ST REPORT CAL.1169
05/24/20172ND REPORT CAL.
06/05/2017ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
06/15/2017PASSED SENATE
06/15/2017DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
06/15/2017referred to education
01/03/2018died in assembly
01/03/2018returned to senate
01/03/2018REFERRED TO EDUCATION
01/09/20181ST REPORT CAL.108
01/16/20182ND REPORT CAL.
01/17/2018ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
06/04/2018PASSED SENATE
06/04/2018DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
06/04/2018referred to education
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S02318 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         2318--A
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    January 13, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER, ADDABBO, AVELLA, DeFRANCISCO, FUNKE,
          GOLDEN, LARKIN, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered  printed,  and  when
          printed  to  be  committed  to the Committee on Education -- committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting  cyberbul-
          lying
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent.  The legislature finds that:
     2    a. Bullying is a long-standing problem among school-aged  children  in
     3  New  York state and throughout the nation. With increasing accessibility
     4  to electronic means of communication, bullying has  transformed  from  a
     5  predominantly school-based issue to a broader societal problem.
     6    b.  Researchers  have  demonstrated that bullying has long-term conse-
     7  quences. Further, bullying goes beyond the classroom to bullying on  the
     8  job, on athletic teams, on college campuses and the internet.
     9    c.  Experts  researching  bullying  have  suggested  that one tool for
    10  schools to use  in  combatting  bullying  is  to  maintain  and  enforce
    11  consistent  policies  against  bullying and harassment, including cyber-
    12  bullying. Such enforcement is not always  possible  if  bullying  occurs
    13  away from school or by a non-student.
    14    d. Perpetrators of cyberbullying are often more extreme in the threats
    15  and  taunts  they  inflict on their victims, as they do not actually see
    16  their victim's emotional reaction to the abuse and believe that they are
    17  anonymous. Victims of cyberbullying suffer very real and serious harm as
    18  a result of these incidents, often showing signs of depression, anxiety,
    19  social isolation, nervousness  when  interacting  with  technology,  low
    20  self-esteem  and  declining  school  performance. In some cases, victims
    21  attempt or commit suicide in part because of the  cyberbullying  they've
    22  endured.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06130-03-7

        S. 2318--A                          2
 
     1    e.  Enactment  of  this  act  is  necessary and appropriate to further
     2  ensure that New York state's public  schools  are  safe  and  free  from
     3  cyberbullying.
     4    § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 12-a to read
     5  as follows:
     6    § 12-a. Cyberbullying. 1. As used in this section, the following terms
     7  shall have the following meanings:
     8    a.  Minor shall mean any natural person or individual under the age of
     9  eighteen.
    10    b. Person shall mean any natural person or individual.
    11    2. Any person who knowingly engages in a repeated course of  cyberbul-
    12  lying of a minor shall be guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor punisha-
    13  ble  by  a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by a period of
    14  imprisonment not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and  imprison-
    15  ment.
    16    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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