senate Bill S6614A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits cyber-bullying

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2012 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 31, 2012 amended on third reading 6614a
Apr 30, 2012 advanced to third reading
Apr 26, 2012 2nd report cal.
Apr 25, 2012 1st report cal.564
Mar 05, 2012 referred to education

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S6614 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10176A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2803, Ed L

S6614 - Summary

Enacts provisions to ensure that New York state public schools are safe and free from cyber-bullying.

S6614 - Sponsor Memo

S6614 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6614

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 5, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting cyber-bul-
  lying

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent.  The legislature finds that:
  a.  Bullying  is a long-standing problem among school-aged children in
New York state and throughout the nation. With increasing  accessibility
to  electronic  means  of communication, bullying has transformed from a
predominantly school-based issue to a broader societal problem.
  b. Researchers have demonstrated that bullying  has  long-term  conse-
quences.  Further, bullying goes beyond the classroom to bullying on the
job, on athletic teams, on college campuses and the internet.
  c. Experts researching bullying  have  suggested  that  one  tool  for
schools  to  use  in  combatting  bullying  is  to  maintain and enforce
consistent policies against bullying and  harassment,  including  cyber-
bullying.  Such  enforcement  is  not always possible if bullying occurs
away from school or by a non-student.
  d. Perpetrators of  cyber-bullying  are  often  more  extreme  in  the
threats and taunts they inflict on their victims, as they do not actual-
ly  see  their victim's emotional reaction to the abuse and believe that
they are anonymous. Victims of cyber-bullying suffer very real and seri-
ous harm as  a  result  of  these  incidents,  often  showing  signs  of
depression, anxiety, social isolation, nervousness when interacting with
technology,  low  self-esteem  and declining school performance. In some
cases, victims attempt or commit suicide in part because of cyber-bully-
ing they've endured.
  e. Enactment of this act  is  necessary  and  appropriate  to  further
ensure  that  New  York  state's  public  schools are safe and free from
cyber-bullying.
  S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 2803 to read
as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13596-01-1

Co-Sponsors

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S6614A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10176A
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2803, Ed L

S6614A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts provisions to ensure that New York state public schools are safe and free from cyber-bullying.

S6614A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6614A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6614--A
    Cal. No. 564

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 5, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. RANZENHOFER, AVELLA, DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, LAVALLE,
  MAZIARZ, SEWARD, YOUNG -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and  when
  printed  to  be  committed  to  the Committee on Education -- reported
  favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second  report,
  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting cyber-bul-
  lying

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent.  The legislature finds that:
  a.  Bullying  is a long-standing problem among school-aged children in
New York state and throughout the nation. With increasing  accessibility
to  electronic  means  of communication, bullying has transformed from a
predominantly school-based issue to a broader societal problem.
  b. Researchers have demonstrated that bullying  has  long-term  conse-
quences.  Further, bullying goes beyond the classroom to bullying on the
job, on athletic teams, on college campuses and the internet.
  c. Experts researching bullying  have  suggested  that  one  tool  for
schools  to  use  in  combatting  bullying  is  to  maintain and enforce
consistent policies against bullying and  harassment,  including  cyber-
bullying.  Such  enforcement  is  not always possible if bullying occurs
away from school or by a non-student.
  d. Perpetrators of  cyber-bullying  are  often  more  extreme  in  the
threats and taunts they inflict on their victims, as they do not actual-
ly  see  their victim's emotional reaction to the abuse and believe that
they are anonymous. Victims of cyber-bullying suffer very real and seri-
ous harm as  a  result  of  these  incidents,  often  showing  signs  of
depression, anxiety, social isolation, nervousness when interacting with
technology,  low  self-esteem  and declining school performance. In some
cases, victims attempt or commit suicide in part because of cyber-bully-
ing they've endured.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13596-06-2

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