Mass. Governor Signs Bill Banning "Upskirting" Into Law

By NECN
|  Friday, Mar 7, 2014  |  Updated 8:51 AM PDT
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Mass. Governor Signs Bill Banning "Upskirting" Into Law

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Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill into law on Friday.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the proposed bill banning "upskirting" into law Friday morning.

State lawmakers unanimously passed the bill on Thursday after Massachusetts' highest court made a stunning ruling on Wednesday.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the act of secretly taking photos up a woman's skirt in public was not part of the state's 2004 "Peeping Tom" law when they dismissed the charges against an Andover, Mass. man for an "upskirting" incident on the MBTA's Green Line in Boston.

"For me, this is going backwards, like when your husband could beat you and beat your children. That was okay. Well, we've changed," Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray told NECN Thursday.

The new law makes upskirting a misdemeanor offense and it will be effective immediately.

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