The bill to reform sexting laws in Illinois has passed the state legislature by a vote of 52-0. It now moves to Governor Pat Quinn’s desk to be signed into law. The governor’s spokesperson has said that he wants to review the bill before committing to signing it. According to the Chicago Tribune the bill aims to modernize the law based on the realities of teen behavior. The new law would generally punish only those who disseminate sexual images widely, with negative intent. For those who simply exchange the images, juvenile court supervision, education and monitoring is a more reasonable step.
As we noted before, the law doesn’t have provisions for this kind of behavior, which, while stupid, doesn’t rise to the level of registered sex offender.
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