In Rochester, The Monroe County Legislature recently passed a cyber bullying bill in which violators would face up to a year behind bars and $1,000 fine. The State of New York could announce as early as this week a legislative deal to crack down on cyber bullying in schools and through social media, according to a state official.

The bill combines measures sought by the Assembly’s Democratic majority and the Senate’s Republican majority. The Assembly stresses prevention and awareness, particularly in schools. The Senate also requires reporting and provides immunity from civil lawsuits for good-faith reporting of cyber bullying. The proposed education laws are backed up by criminal laws under which the behavior can be prosecuted.

Each chamber seeks to crack down in threatening, taunting or insulting e-mails, instant messages and postings to social media including Facebook.

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