Category: Legislation

New York Senate Bill 5226

New York S.B. 5226 would criminalize the dissemination of “harmful to minors” material to a minor online. It is identical to a New York law that was struck down in the 1997 Media Coalition case American Library Association v. Pataki.

North Carolina Senate Bill 744

A section in North Carolina S.B. 744 would require publishers and websites to remove criminal record information or publish a retraction upon request if the person was not convicted of the crime.

North Dakota Senate Bill 2357

North Dakota S.B. 2357 would criminalize the nonconsensual distribution of nude or sexually explicit images if the person depicted had a reasonable expectation of privacy and he or she suffered emotional distress or harm as a result.

Ohio House Bill 74

Ohio H.B. 74 would criminalize speech that causes emotional distress to another person or a person’s family member.

Ohio House Bill 414

Ohio H.B. 414 would broaden existing law to criminalize any written communication that causes “mental or emotional” distress to a person or to a person’s family.

Oklahoma House Bill 2696

Oklahoma H.B. 2696 would impose a 1% excise tax on violent video games. This tax would be added on top of already existing state or local taxes imposed on general merchandise.

Pennsylvania House Bill 2533 & Senate Bill 508

Pennsylvania H.B. 2533 and S.B. 508 would allow a victim of a personal injury crime to bring a civil action against any offender to obtain injunctive relief for “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.”

Rhode Island House Bill 5570

Rhode Island H. 5570 would criminalize the electronic dissemination to a minor of a depiction of nudity or sexually explicit conduct. It would also bar the dissemination of a nude photo without the consent of all the people depicted in the photo. It is a companion bill to S.B. 550.

Rhode Island House Bill 5770 and Senate Bills 625 and 630

Rhode Island H.B. 5770 and S.B. 625 and 630 would bar the nonconsensual distribution of nude or sexually explicit images if the person depicted had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Rhode Island House Bill 7409

Rhode Island H.B. 7409 tasks the Public Utility Commission to create regulations to bar the display of material deemed “indecent.”