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.
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 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 H.B. 74 would criminalize speech that causes emotional distress to another person or a person’s family member.
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.
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 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 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 H.B. 7409 tasks the Public Utility Commission to create regulations to bar the display of material deemed “indecent.”