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Ban Posting Images Of A Suicide

Concerning a prohibition on disseminating an image of a suicide of a minor.
2019 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Prohibiting posting image of a minor committing suicide - class 3 misdemeanor - exceptions. The act prohibits a person from intentionally posting or distributing, through the use of social media or any website, or disseminating through other means, an image of a minor attempting suicide, dying by suicide, or having died by suicide, with the intent to harass, intimidate, or coerce any person, and the posting or distribution results in serious emotional distress to any person. It is a class 3 misdemeanor for the first person who posts, distributes, or disseminates the image, for all others it is a civil infraction with a $100 penalty. It is not an offense if the posting or distribution of the image is a fictional work or a documentary; related to a matter of public interest or public concern; related to the reporting of unlawful conduct; or is the lawful and common practices of law enforcement, criminal reporting, legal proceedings, or medical treatment. The act is known as "Lil' Von Mercado's Law".
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details