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Ill. Senate committee passes 'revenge porn' bill

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:19 p.m.CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling "revenge porn" is one step closer to becoming law.

The bill makes it a felony to post sexual material of another person on the internet without their consent. An Illinois Senate committee unanimously passed the bill Wednesday.

State Sen. Michael Hastings is sponsoring the measure. The Democrat from Orland Hills says "revenge porn" — often posted by angry ex-boyfriends, girlfriends or spouses — has serious harmful effects, even leading victims to commit suicide.

Mary Dixon is the legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. She says the organization is concerned the bill is too broad and would like to see some changes.

The legislation now moves to the Senate.

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