Bill Status of HB0217 100th General Assembly
Short Description: CRIM CD-CYBER-BULLYING
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
| 3/31/2017||House||Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Clerks of Courts Act and the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of parental cyber-bullying. Provides that a person commits the offense when he or she: (1) is a parent or legal guardian of a minor who is under 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense; and (2) with the intent to discipline, embarrass, or alter the behavior of that minor, transmits, using electronic communication, any verbal or visual message posted on social media that the parent or legal guardian reasonably believes would coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to the minor. Provides that a violation is a petty offense. Provides that if a person is convicted of parental cyber-bullying, the court shall order that person to pay for the costs of prosecution and that a portion of the fine, as determined by the court, be placed in escrow for the purchase of a certificate of deposit for use by the minor victim when he or she attains 18 years of age.