Bills to increase porn penalties pass Senate Judiciary Committee

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Two bills aimed at stemming the flow of pornographic material passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. One, providing further penalties for people disseminating explicit photos of persons under 17 and the other tackling the issue of “revenge porn” as used to harass a former partner.

Ward’s SB179 that a person found guilty of transmitting or possessing pornographic photos of a minor must register as a sex offender. The bill removes the current requirement that the transmission require a monetary exchange to be a punishable offense and includes “breast nudity” as a possible offense.

SB342 from Sen. Vivian Figures (D-Mobile) makes it a Class A felony to unknowingly film a sexual partner and display such recordings online or otherwise. Figures noted that the bill was brought to address “revenge porn,” which has gained popularity with the advent of mass social media use.

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