Cyberbullying bill clears legislature committee
A bill that would make cyberbullying of a minor a crime in Monroe County passed a key County Legislature committee Monday, setting the stage for the full body to consider the measure next month.The legislation would make repetitive harassment by electronic means a misdemeanor punishable by as much as a $1,000 fine and/or up to a year in jail.
Although the bill passed the Agenda/Charter Committee by unanimous vote, some legislators questioned its constitutionality and whether it was duplicitive of a state law prohibiting aggravated harassment.
In other developments, the same committee rejected along party lines a measure that sought to ensure every legislator could bring at least one piece of legislation to the floor for a vote during his or her two-year term.
The bill, proposed by Democrats who comprise the minority, mirrored a measure recently introduced by Republicans in the Democratic-controlled state Assembly. Supporters said their aim was to overcome political stonewalling by the majority party. Opponents argued the bill would circumvent the political process.
State of City address Monday
Mayor Thomas Richards will deliver his 2012 State of the City address at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square.
Richards took office in April 2011 after a special election. This will be his first State of the City address.
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