Georgia > Cyberbully Bill Approved by House

| March 16, 2015

georgia-capitol-governmentATLANTA — As one of 32 states that does not have laws against the use of computers and social media to bully, state lawmakers have aims on correcting that situation.

The Georgia House approved a bill making threats on computers on other electronic devices part of the state’s existing bullying law.  The vote was 140 to 26 on Friday.  The Senate will now consider action.

The bill was sponsored by Pam Dickinson, a Democrat from Conyers.  She noted in interviews that the bill would also apply to electronic threats directed toward students or schools staff, even if they are sent from outside the school campus.

House committee members narrowed the law before the vote to ensure it is tailored to include strong cases involving specific threats.

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