Robert A. Zirkin

Maryland Gov. Hogan to sign bills updating cyberbullying law, reforming UMMS board, permitting Hopkins police

Maryland Gov. Hogan to sign bills updating cyberbullying law, reforming UMMS board, permitting Hopkins police

Among nearly 200 recently passed bills Gov. Larry Hogan is set to sign into law Thursday are measures that will give authorities more leeway in prosecuting perpetrators of hate crimes and online bullying.

One bill prohibits even making a threat of a hate crime, inspired by a spate of bomb threats made to Baltimore-area Jewish community centers in 2017. And while Maryland’s anti-cyberbullying statute, known as Grace’s Law, was considered groundbreaking when the General Assembly passed it in 2013, in practice, it was “virtually unusable” in stopping harassment of children via social media, said Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat.

The governor’s office said he plans...

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