The New Mexico legislature has passed a bill making “sexting” or sharing nude photos between age 14 and 17 as long as it is consensual. KOAT has the story here. The governor has to sign by March 9.
The bill would stiffen penalties for other child porn offenses.
Legislators expressed the view that minors should not have child pornography offenses on their records, although it sounds possible that misdemeanor of school discipline could be appropriate.
Critics of the bill point out that sexting among minors still violates federal law, even though it is almost always states that enforce them. The public seems evenly divided on the issue.
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