Cyberbullying becomes new law today in Michigan

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Cyberbullying is now a crime in Michigan.

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation making cyberbullying a crime.

“Cyberbullying can cause just as much trauma as traditional bullying so it’s important that it be considered a crime,” Snyder said. “With this bill, we are sending a message that bullying of any kind is not tolerated in Michigan.”

House Bill 5017, sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido, will hold people accountable for using the anonymity of the internet to bully or shame someone.

The bill is now Public Act 457 of 2018.

The governor also signed 46 other bills and vetoed 11 others.

There are still a backlog of bills awaiting action on Gov. Snyder’s desk.

He has until the end of the year to decide if he will sign, veto or take no action on the bills passed in a flurry of activity in the final days of the recently concluded lame duck legislative session.

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