Public Hearing Held for Proposed Cyber Bullying Law

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- A public hearing was held Monday inside the chambers of the Erie County Legislature to discuss enacting a Cyber Bullying Law in the county. In October, Erie County Legislators Ray Walter and Ed Rath proposed legislation to help combat against online cyber bullying. The law would make it a crime to send any type of abusive, threatening, or humiliating electronic message or post to minors in Erie County. The law is geared toward minors who are under 18 years old and cases would be handled in family court. Violators would face up to a $1,000 fine and/or a year in jail.

The bill was recently revised after some lawmakers raised concerns about the wording in the original proposal. The bill will appear before the entire legislative body for a vote in a few weeks. If passed, Erie would become the 4th county in the state to enact a cyber bullying law. The law would then move onto the county executive for final approval.