senate Bill S2397

Adds communication by means of a "computer network" to aggravated harassment in the second degree

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 19 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO CODES

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2801
Versions:
S2397
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2397

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the penal law, in relation to adding by means of
computer network to the crime of aggravated harassment in the second
degree


PURPOSE :
Creates the crime of harassment by electronic mail or computer network

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 amends section 240.00 of penal law by adding a new
subdivision defining computer network

Section 2 adds computer network to aggregated harassment in the second
degree

JUSTIFICATION :
One in 17 kids ages 10 to 17 had been threatened or harassed online,
and about one-third of those found the incidents extremely
distressing, according to a 2000 study by the University of New
Hampshire's Crimes, Against Children Research Center. In a recent
case, a young teenager's life at school was anything but pleasant; he
was teased, taunted and punched for years. But the final blow was the
humiliation he suffered every time he logged onto the internet.
Someone had set up an abusive website about him that made his life
unbearable. The creator of the website asked other students to join
in, posting lewd, sexual comments smearing this student's reputation.
This activity took place for several months before the student was
ever aware of the existence of the site. Advancing technology creates
new avenues for individuals to harass, torment and threaten others. By
creating the crime of harassment by electronic mail or computer
network, law enforcement authorities will be equipped with the proper
tools necessary to help reduce the occurrence of such crimes.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.6699 of 2005/2006, S.703 of 2007/2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Not applicable.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.
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