Cyberbullying bill faces tough road in Colorado Senate |

Cyberbullying bill faces tough road in Colorado Senate


House Bill 1072:

DENVER — A bill to crack down on cyberbullying faces a tough test Wednesday in the Colorado Senate.

The bill would make cyberbullying a misdemeanor harassment charge punishable by as much as $750 in fines and up to six months in county jail. The bill has already passed the Democratic House but has its first hearing Wednesday in the Republican Senate.

A similar bill failed in the Senate last year, when the chamber was in Democratic hands. Opponents say that the proposal can be interpreted broadly and over-criminalize youth while also potentially infringing on free speech rights.

Since 2006, nearly three dozen states have enacted legislation to address cyberbullying, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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