State Representative Bob Cupp (R – Lima) voted this week for legislation that expands protections for Ohioans who are victims of cyberharassment.

Specifically, House Bill 151 broadens the offense of “menacing by stalking” in three ways:

  • Prohibits a person from knowingly causing someone to believe that he or she will cause physical or mental harm to that person’s family

  • Prohibits a person from intentionally posting a message using written communication (i.e. e-mail, text message, fax) or verbal graphic gestures to lead another to believe they are in danger

  • Prohibits a person from performing the above actions using a telecommunications device

“Social media and technology can do a lot of good things for our lives, but when bad people want to use them for bad purposes they can also create harm. That’s why this bill updates Ohio’s menacing and stalking laws to keep pace with current technology,” said Cupp.

House Bill 151 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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