Cyber-bullying bill passes Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly has passed a bill to tackle dangerous cyber-bullying.

The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Thursday to pass{ }House Bill 396,{ }a bill that would make{ }it a crime to harass a minor online,{ }The Capital Gazette reports.{ }The House passed the same bill with a unanimous vote last month.{ }

Anyone who harasses a minor based on sex, race or sexual orientation could face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.{ }

Iowa, Florida and Minnesota have proposed similar bills.{ }

Maryland's bill, Grace's Law, honors 15-year-old Grace McComas, a Howard County teenager who committed suicide last April after she was harassed online by a neighbor.{ }

The bill heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk.

Read more: The Capital Gazette