Official bill information: Senate Bill 5881
Description of the bill: This bill would create a legal definition for “doxxing,” or maliciously posting someone’s personal information online without their consent. It would also make doxxing a gross misdemeanor. Under this bill, a post would count as doxxing if the perpetrator knows that the information is “reasonably likely” to cause the target harassment, injury, or death and if the post results in “substantial life disruption.” It’s a delicate topic — supporters of the bill say criminalizing doxxing could reduce threats against public figures and members of marginalized communities, but critics argue that it could be used to curb First Amendment rights.
Status: Referred to the Senate Committee on Law & Justice. No hearing scheduled.