Colorado nears agreement on cyber harassment
DENVER — A proposal to add cyberbullying to Colorado’s harassment statute is nearing agreement in the state Legislature.
A tentative agreement reached Monday would settle a simmering dispute between Republicans and Democrats over religious speech and harassment law.
The bill had Democratic sponsors, but the Republican Senate amended the cyberbullying definition to exempt religious or philosophical opinions. Democrats countered that the exemption amounted to blank check for threatening others’ lives on religious grounds.
The House-Senate conference committee agreed Monday to leave the exemption — but only for speech that already has First Amendment protection. The agreement now must be approved by the full House and Senate before heading to the governor’s desk.
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