Thursday, February 7, 2019

In the News: Polito, Roy file legislation on teen sexting

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said she’ll “put my shoulder behind” a bill she announced Wednesday to rewrite the state’s laws around sharing sexually explicit images, saying the state must respond to technological changes and protect its youth. 
The bill, which Gov. Charlie Baker is filing for the second time, addresses the forms of image-sharing sometimes known as sexting and revenge porn. It would have anyone under the age of 18 to be diverted from the criminal justice system, at a prosecutor’s discretion, and create a new penalty for adults distributing explicit images for revenge or embarrassment purposes. 
“While we are very progressive in this commonwealth and proud that we are first in many areas, 40 other states have laws in place to protect from the distribution of sexually explicit images,” Polito said during a meeting of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. “This is not a place where we’re leading and clearly we have the opportunity to do so.” 
Last session, the Judiciary Committee redrafted Baker’s bill and two others into a new piece of legislation, which ultimately died in the House Ways and Means Committee."
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Polito, Roy file bills on sharing explicit images
Polito, Roy file bills on sharing explicit images

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