"Revenge Porn" Bill Clears Calif. Senate

Critics say law may not be necessary.

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    A proposed law that would make revenge porn punishable by a year in jail has advanced to the California state Senate.

    A proposed law that would make "revenge porn" a crime punishable by a jail term in California is advancing through state Legislature.

    Despite opposition from the ACLU and worry that existing laws are "not being enforced," the bill to make the act of spurned lovers posting intimate photos of ex-partners online specifically illegal is being debated in the state Assembly, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Senate Bill 255, proposed by Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres, would make distributing revenge porn a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail, according to previous NBC Bay Area reports.

    It could also be problematic to figure out who to arrest for violation of such a law, according to the Chronicle. It can cost up to $10,000 to subpoena records to link an image with a real person.

    Debate in the Legislature is expected to continue this week.