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