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Houston reports stall on Internet bill

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 at 12:30 pm in Uncategorized.

A bill authored by Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon, that would make it a crime to harass people on-line failed to make it out of the Senate Public Safety Committee today.

Lawmakers have decided to pass on any bills this year that would establish a new crime and postponed a vote on the legislation until next year, Houston said.

Houston introduced AB 919 after he heard about a Danville girl who had her personal information posted in an online sex-wanted ad. The legislator argued that law enforcement needs new tools to keep up with the prosecution of high-tech crimes.

But the Assembly watered down the legislation in April when it decided that such crimes should be misdemeanors rather than felonies. And today, the Senate’s committee pushed off a vote until at least January although the panel could have killed it.

“Using the excuse of prison overcrowding, this committee has delayed taking action on this legislation,” Houston said. β€œThe victims of this activity will continue to be harmed, without justice, for another year.”

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