senate Bill S2011

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits cyber-bullying

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Jun 12, 2014 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1313
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 18, 2013 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1424
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 09, 2013 referred to education

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Jun 11, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

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committee
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Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
2
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Jun 18, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

S2011
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committee
25
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0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
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S2011 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2803, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6614A

S2011 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S2011

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
prohibiting cyber-bullying

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 - Provides that it is the
Legislature's intent to continue to ensure that New York State's public
schools are safe and free from cyberbullying.

Section 2 - The Education Law is amended by adding a new section 2803 to
define cyberbullying as engaging in acts of abusive behavior over a
period of time by communication sent by mechanical or electronic means,
posting statements on the Internet or through a computer network. Any
incident of cyber-bullying against any minor would be an unclassified
misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

JUSTIFICATION: Bullying is a long-standing problem among school-aged
children. With increasing accessibility to electronic means of communi-
cation, bullying has transformed from a predominantly school-based issue
to a broader societal problem. Bullying now goes beyond the classroom to
bullying on the job, on athletic teams and through the Internet. One way
to combat cyber-bullying is to maintain and enforce consistent policies
against bullying and harassment, including cyber-bullying.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 - S.6614-A/A.10176-A - PASSED
SENATE/Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: : This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  2011

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, LARKIN, MAZIARZ --
  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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00112-01-3

S. 2011                             2

  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:
  S  2803.  CYBER-BULLYING.  1.  AS  USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING
TERMS SHALL MEAN AS FOLLOWS:
  A. CYBER-BULLYING SHALL MEAN ENGAGING IN A REPEATED COURSE OF COMMUNI-
CATION, OR REPEATEDLY CAUSING A COMMUNICATION TO BE SENT, BY  MECHANICAL
OR  ELECTRONIC  MEANS,  POSTING  STATEMENTS ON THE INTERNET OR THROUGH A
COMPUTER NETWORK WITH NO LEGITIMATE COMMUNICATION PURPOSE  WHICH  CAUSES
ALARM  OR  SERIOUS  ANNOYANCE,  OR  IS  LIKELY TO CAUSE ALARM OR SERIOUS
ANNOYANCE.
  B. MINOR SHALL MEAN ANY NATURAL PERSON OR INDIVIDUAL UNDER THE AGE  OF
EIGHTEEN.
  C. PERSON SHALL MEAN ANY NATURAL PERSON OR INDIVIDUAL.
  2.  NO PERSON SHALL ENGAGE IN CYBER-BULLYING AGAINST ANY MINOR.
  3.  ANY  PERSON  WHO KNOWINGLY VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION
SHALL BE GUILTY OF AN UNCLASSIFIED MISDEMEANOR PUNISHABLE BY A  FINE  OF
UP TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND/OR UP TO ONE YEAR IMPRISONMENT.
  4.  THIS  SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL ACTIONS OCCURRING ON OR AFTER THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION.
  5. IF ANY CLAUSE, SENTENCE, PARAGRAPH OR PART OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE
ADJUDGED BY ANY COURT OF COMPETENT  JURISDICTION  TO  BE  INVALID,  SUCH
JUDGMENT  SHALL  NOT AFFECT, IMPAIR OR INVALIDATE THE REMAINDER THEREOF,
BUT SHALL BE CONFINED IN ITS OPERATION TO THE  CLAUSE,  SENTENCE,  PARA-
GRAPH OR PART THEREOF DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE CONTROVERSY IN WHICH SUCH
JUDGMENT SHALL HAVE BEEN RENDERED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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