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.READ MORE: Peter Dettmer Allegedly Seen Sexually Assaulting Unconscious Woman Prior To His Five-Year Run From Police
The bill is headed to the Senate for consideration.READ MORE: Omicron Variant Is In Colorado, Health Officials Confirm
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.MORE NEWS: Ravens-Steelers Preview: Pittsburgh 'Just Not That Dominant Team On Sunday,' Says CBS Sports' James Lofton
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