Authors: Representative Christina Hale


Makes it harassment, a Class B misdemeanor, for a person to, with intent to harass, annoy, defame, ridicule, or alarm another person but with no intent of legitimate communication: (1) make a telephone call, whether or not a conversation ensues; (2) communicate with a person by telegraph, mail, or other form of written communication; (3) transmit an obscene message, or indecent or profane words, on a Citizens Radio Service channel; or (4) use a computer network, a cellular or other wireless communications device, or other form of electronic communication to: (A) communicate with a person; (B) transmit an obscene message or indecent or profane words to a person; or (C) convey to a third person or post on the Internet a digital image or video of the other person that depicts the other person in a state of nudity or engaged in sexual conduct. Provides that if a person is convicted of harassment, the victim of the offense: (1) has a civil cause of action against the convicted person; and (2) may recover actual damages, equitable relief, including injunctive relief, punitive damages, reasonable attorney's fees and court costs, and any other relief a court considers proper from the convicted person in the civil action.