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In Their Own Words: Revenge porn bill

Published February 7, 2014 3:12 pm

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The Salt Lake Tribune, in an effort to allow legislators an opportunity to explain why bills they are sponsoring are important to them, is asking state leaders to talk about their measures for a feature called "In Their Own Words." The videos will appear regularly during the legislative session.

Here is the first edition of "In Their Own Words."

Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, is looking to pass HB71, also known as the "revenge porn" bill, which would make the nonconsensual distribution of private images between couples a third-degree felony.

Poulson says the bill would protect couples who have "naively or unwisely shared personal images with one another," which, after a breakup, can be used to harm individuals in their professional or family life.

Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, says current law does not address this scenario. Hall previously drafted a similar bill but now is supporting Poulson's HB71 from the Republican side of the House.

HB71 is scheduled to be heard in a House committee Thursday afternoon. —