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Cyber-bullying bill passes Maryland General Assembly

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The Maryland General Assembly has passed a bill to tackle dangerous cyber-bullying.

The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Thursday to pass House Bill 396, a bill that would make it a crime to harass a minor online, The Capital Gazette reports. The House passed the same bill with a unanimous vote last month. 

Anyone who harasses a minor based on sex, race or sexual orientation could face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. 

Iowa, Florida and Minnesota have proposed similar bills. 

Maryland's bill, Grace's Law, honors 15-year-old Grace McComas, a Howard County teenager who committed suicide last April after she was harassed online by a neighbor. 

The bill heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk.

Read more: The Capital Gazette

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