Office of the Attorney General
Gov. Beshear Signs Bill To Help Protect Kentuckians From Cybercrimes
Joined by Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear today signed HB 315 sponsored by Rep. Johnny Bell and passed during the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The new law includes measures to better protect Kentuckians from cyber crimes.
“This cyber-safety bill is a critical step toward protecting Kentuckians from the very real threats that come with 21st century innovations and toward helping to prevent further abuses of these technologies,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky families will be safer because of this bill.”
HB 315, which was authored by General Conway and primarily sponsored by Rep. Bell, makes it a Class D felony to solicit a minor for sexual activity through electronic communication. Through this legislation it is unlawful to “cyberstalk,” which is defined as intentionally alarming, annoying, intimidating or harassing a person with no legitimate purpose through electronic communication. This bill also includes tougher regulations for sex offenders when they use electronic communication.
“House Bill 315 will bring Kentucky laws up-to-date with changes in technology,” General Conway said. “I would like to thank legislators for the bipartisan support of this bill and I appreciate Gov. Beshear signing the bill into law. This measure has the ability to help protect children in every corner of our Commonwealth, and I look forward to working with law enforcement officers and prosecutors to continue making Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”
Click below to listen to General Conway's remarks on the passage and signing of cybercrimes legislation in Kentucky.
Attorney General Conway comments on why the Cybercrimes law is so important for Kentucky families. http://tinyurl.com/caxqlh
Attorney General Conway talks about how the new law will help keep registered sex offenders off of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. http://tinyurl.com/cgan5k