One of the more unusual laws passed by the Legislature last session was a ban on so-called "revenge porn," the act of posting private, graphic pictures or footage of someone online with the intention of humiliating them. Doing so now qualifies as a misdemeanor carrying penalties of six months in jail or a $1,000 fine for a first offense.
Signed by the governor on Oct. 1, the law has already led to one high-profile case. Last week, Attorney General Kamala Harris announced charges against a San Diego man who allegedly ran a website that allowed users to upload sexually explicit photos of a person without their permission, linking to their full name, age, location and Facebook profile.
Now state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, who authored the legislation, is back with a sequel: the Revenge Porn 2.0 Act, as his office is calling it. The new bill, which Cannella plans to introduce when the Legislature returns in January, will expand upon his original idea by including "selfies" among the protected material and by clarifying its language to make these incidents easier to prosecute. Cannella will be at the Old Courthouse in Madera at 11 a.m. for a public announcement.
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GETTING SCHOOLED: With California taking a growing interest in "linked learning," the Department of Education has organized a conference in Sacramento today encouraging partnerships between educators and industry to develop curriculum giving students career-oriented training. The Pathways to Prosperity Institute takes place from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Department of Public Health Auditorium, 1500 Capitol Ave. Among those scheduled to attend is state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, who is spearheading a grant program to further support these partnerships.
YULETIDE TUNES: The State Capitol continues its series of free daily holiday music concerts in the Rotunda with Trio Bella at 11 a.m. and the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble at noon.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to state Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, who turns 47.