Lawmakers in Washington have enacted a new law (formerly S.B. 5288) requiring school districts in the state to implement policies to prevent and punish cyberbullying. The state will appoint an advisory committee to develop a model policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying conducted by electronic means. The committee will also prepare sample materials for students and instructions on setting up hotlines or other means of reporting cyberbullying.
A new Indiana law (formerly S.B 411) prohibits employers from asking prospective or current employees questions about firearm ownership. Employers may not ask whether the employee owns, possesses, uses, or transports a firearm or ammunition unless these activities are required to fulfill the employee’s job duties.
A bill (S. 401) that would revise the criminal code to strengthen penalties for bribery and corruption convictions has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.