The House Judiciary Committee today passed out two bills relating to harassment in an effort to further increase protections for people who are being harassed or stalked electronically. House Bills 615 and 622 add electronic communication to the list of defined forms of harassment and harassment by stalking.
“We are taking all forms of abuse and domestic violence extremely serious,” says House Judiciary Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu (41-Waipahu, Village Park, Waikele). “Passage of these bills will update the current statute with all of the existing forms of today’s technology,” he explains. “It is important that we (legislators) keep current in order to best serve our constituents.”
The bills both received a single committee referral and will now go for a full House floor vote before crossing over to the Senate.