senate Bill S865

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Prohibits cyber-bullying

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 08, 2016 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 06, 2016 ordered to third reading cal.1417
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 06, 2016 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 20, 2015 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 04, 2015 advanced to third reading
Apr 29, 2015 2nd report cal.
Apr 28, 2015 1st report cal.445
Jan 07, 2015 referred to education

Votes

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Jun 6, 2016 - Rules committee Vote

S865
23
0
committee
23
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Apr 28, 2015 - Education committee Vote

S865
17
0
committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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S865 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2803, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6614
2013-2014: S2011
2017-2018: S2318
2019-2020: S4302

S865 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

S865 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S865 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                   865

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RANZENHOFER,  DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, LARKIN -- 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.
                                                           LBD02133-01-5

S. 865                              2

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