Connecticut S.B. 328 would require owners of public establishments or arcades to bar minors from using certain video games with violent imagery. The bill would also create a task force to study the effects of video games with violent content on youth behavior.
Kansas H.B. 2165 would change the scienter requirement from “knowingly” to “recklessly” with regards to displaying and distributing materials that are considered harmful to minors.”
Massachusetts S.B. 168 would create a commission to study video games that allow a player to simulate severe battery or killing.
New Hampshire H.B. 110 would require anyone who witnesses an instance of illegal animal cruelty to livestock or poultry to turn over visual evidence to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours.
New Jersey S.B. 2715 would require the Department of Education to make available information on how parents’ can limit children’s exposure to electronic media with violent images or themes with specific research and statistics about media effects.
Ohio H.B. 74 would criminalize speech that causes emotional distress to another person or a person’s family member.
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 S.B 550 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 H.B. 5570.
Texas S.B. 1512 would categorize “sensitive crime scene” photos as not part of public disclosure under Texas’s Public Information Act and would limit access and distribution.
West Virginia S.B. 640 would bar the dissemination or display of any depictions of nudity or sexual conduct to minors.