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Sexting bill slows in Florida House

Looks like the Florida House is not as eager as its Senate counterparts to stop making it a crime for minors to send provocative photos and videos to each other by cell phone or computer.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday postponed a vote on House Bill 75 after members peppered sponsor Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, a Wellington Democrat, with questions.

Would escalating penalties be severe enough for sexting after being caught for the first offense? What if kids send photos or videos not of themselves but of other minors? Could decriminalizing the first offense make sexting more socially acceptable?

Abruzzo said he was open to tweaking the proposal and promised to return to committee members with answers. The point, he said, is to bring the law up-to-date with technology.

"Ruining a child's life over a youthful discretion is not the intent" of the law, he said.