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WMUR June 17, 2021
A House-Senate committee of conference decided Wednesday that more work is needed if there is to be a new state law addressing instances in which someone electronically sends unsolicited lewd images to another person.
The conference committee could not agree on a proposed amendment to House Bill 296. The bill, as it emerged from the state Senate in mid-May, was the subject of concern voiced by a leading advocate of victims of domestic violence.
That version of the bill created an unintended consequence of decriminalizing the sending of unsolicited lewd photos to another person, including minors, and required prosecutors to meet the high bar of establishing that the intent of the person sending the image was to harass the recipient, said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs of the Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.