A public hearing will be held Thursday on a bill that toughens a state law against using fake names to intimidate and threaten others online.
The Assembly's Criminal Justice Committee will hear what people think about a bill from Stratford Republican Bob Kulp which has cosponsors from both parties. It would make it a criminal misdemeanor to use a false name online to scare others or obtain something from them. Kulp says he proposed the idea to Ashland Senate Democrat Janet Bewley, after an impersonator tried scamming money from a friend on Facebook. His bill updates a similar law passed in 1996, reflecting the social media which did not exist back then.