- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are considering a new law that would make the often-humiliating practice of revenge pornography a crime.

Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes, a Republican, says she sponsored the bill to protect “people who might make a careless mistake” and are later “bullied and harassed.”

Under the measure, anyone who shares a nude or partially-nude picture, such as a cellphone photo, without permission could face two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A House committee approved the bill without opposition Tuesday, sending it to the full House for debate.

Existing law already makes it a crime to send a nude image of someone under the age of 17. Stokes says a new law is needed to protect people over that age.

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House Bill 489 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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