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Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Gareth Elliot, his legislative affairs secretary, discuss one of numerous bills awaiting the governor's signature Thursday at the state Capitol as Sutter, the gubernatorial pooch, takes a tummy-tickling breather on the lawn.

The Buzz: California Senate passes bill to criminalize 'revenge porn'

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Bad breakups can produce all kinds of fallout: dividing your mingled possessions, seeking solace in alcohol, putting nude pictures and videos of your ex on the Internet.

Yes, that last one happens too. Commonly called "revenge porn," posting or disseminating lascivious images and footage without someone's consent is apparently a serious enough problem that the California Senate has passed a bill penalizing its perpetrators.

The legislation, by Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, is backed by organizations like the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the California State Sheriffs' Association. It makes revenge porn a misdemeanor punishable by a fine or jail time.

Cannella floated Senate Bill 255 after being approached by a constituent dismayed that an ex had shared photos that "were intimate in nature."

"That was the initial exposure," Cannella said (no pun intended). So he did some research and discovered that it's not illegal.

One senator voted against the bill. Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said he rejected the measure – also opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union – because he believed it's too broadly drawn and feared it would undermine First Amendment freedoms.

– Jeremy B. White

AT THE CAPITOL

The doctors and lawyers are at it again. The foes are clashing over the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damage awards in medical lawsuits, imposed by the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act. Consumer Attorneys of California is advocating the legislative route rather than a ballot measure, and the group is hosting a briefing in the state Capitol today for legislative staff.

– Jeremy B. White

WORTH REPEATING

"One of the reasons the consulting business is so large in California is just the sheer amount of money in politics here."

ROSE KAPOLCZYNSKI, Los Angeles-based Democratic political consultant, among those talking shop recently with Campaigns & Elections Magazine about what makes the state's consulting world unique

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