- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A legislative committee has advanced a bill that criminalizes so-called revenge pornography, where people share sexually explicit photos or videos of former romantic partners online in order to humiliate them.

A House law enforcement and criminal justice committee approved the bill 6-1 on Thursday.

The bill now advances to the full House for consideration.

Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson sponsors the the bill, which makes it a felony to harm people by sharing such images without their consent.

Poulson says the practice usually targets women and can cause them to lose their jobs.

California and New Jersey have passed laws punishing those who post the materials, and similar proposals have been introduced or announced in at least half a dozen other states in the last year.

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Online:

HB 71: http://1.usa.gov/1l7fVJX

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