Nebraska bill to outlaw 'revenge porn' wins initial approval

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- People who post pornographic images of others without their permission or use the images for blackmail could face new criminal charges in Nebraska under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

Lawmakers gave the bill first-round approval Thursday on a 36-0 vote. Nebraska is one of seven states that have not passed a law to crack down on the practice known as "revenge porn," or nonconsensual pornography.

The bill by state Sen. Adam Morfeld, of Lincoln, would allow prosecutors to bring felony charges against perpetrators. It includes some protections for minors who take consensual nude photos of minors who are at least 15 years old, as long as those images aren't shared with other people.

Two additional votes are required before the bill goes to the governor.