News, March 12th

CYBERBULLYING BILL PASSED BY HOUSE

Denver—Bullying or intimidating someone with a text or facebook message is closer to being outlawed in Colorado. House lawmakers passed a bill on a 54-10 vote that would make it a misdemeanor to “inflict serious emotional distress on a minor” with text messages or social media.  Several prosecuting attorneys testified in support of the House Bill 1131 saying it will give them more flexibility to go after cyberbullies.  Attorneys with the Colorado Defense Bar however say cyberbullies can already be prosecuted with the state’s current harassment statute.  The measure now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass.

CAR REGISTRATION / IDENTITY THEFT BILL PASSES SENATE

Denver—Your vehicle registration card will no longer require a signature and a home address under bill that is advancing in the state legislature. Senate Bill 131, which was unanimously approved today, would remove the requirement that motorists carry a signed registration card in their vehicle because it puts people at risk for identity theft.  The measure also does away with the requirement of having the home address on the card.  One more vote in the Senate is needed before it is sent on to the House.