Senate Bill S4302

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits cyber-bullying

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2019-S4302 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §12-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6614
2013-2014: S2011
2015-2016: S865
2017-2018: S2318
2021-2022: S7600

2019-S4302 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits a person from knowingly engaging in a repeated course of cyberbullying of a minor; guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a fine not more than one thousand dollars, or by a period of imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both.

2019-S4302 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2019-S4302 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                               March 7, 2019
   RITCHIE, SEPULVEDA -- 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  cyberbul-

   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 cyberbullying are often more extreme in the threats
 and  taunts  they  inflict on their victims, as they do not actually see
 their victim's emotional reaction to the abuse and believe that they are
 anonymous. Victims of cyberbullying suffer very real and serious 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 the  cyberbullying  they've
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.



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