DENVER (AP) — Bullying 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 Thursday on a bipartisan 43-22 vote. But some Republicans who opposed the bill worry the proposal is overbroad and could unintentionally chill free speech.

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The bill is headed to the Senate for consideration.

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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 Rep. 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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