- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A measure aiming to curb cyberbullying was signed into law by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The bill approved Wednesday makes harassment or intimidation by electronic message a crime. Previous Nebraska law only applied to threatening phone calls. The misdemeanor offense is punishable by a maximum of three months in jail and a $500 fine.

Lawmakers say most intimidation now happens through digital technology, like text messages, email or online messages.


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The bill will also make it illegal to own or use a card-scanning device to gain unauthorized credit or debit card information.

The measure received strong support and passed 48-0 on its final-round vote.



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