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It's unanimous in the House: Don't make sexting a crime



Lawmakers in the Florida House voted unanimously on Friday to decriminalize sexting, the practice of sending sexually explicit text messages.

HB 75 sailed through with a 117-0 vote. It has a companion, SB 888, pending to be taken up on the Senate floor.

The version of the measure that the House approved added language saying that if a minor receives an unsolicited "sext," does not send it to anybody and takes reasonable steps to report it -- say, by telling a teacher about it -- then he or she could not be accused of possessing pornography.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 1:36pm]


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