The Senate gave unanimous preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill criminalizing “revenge porn.”
A final Senate vote on House bill 792 was postponed while senators talk about a proposed change that would weaken penalties.
The bill would make it a low-level felony to humiliate, demean or harass someone in a personal relationship by distributing nude photos.
Sen. Gladys Robinson, a Guilford County Democrat, proposed a change that would make the first offense a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses by people under 18 would also be misdemeanors. For people older than 18, subsequent offenses would be felonies.
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“It lessens the impact on kids that do stupid stuff,” Robinson said.
Sen. Buck Newton, a Wilson Republican, said he would have preferred to have the proposed change discussed in committee and asked for a delay in the final vote.
The bill would also allow suits for damages of $1,000 a day, or up to $10,000, whichever is higher.
Once the Senate passes the bill, it will have to go back to the House for final approval.