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Lawmakers slam DoD secrecy; FBI cyber-crime actions plummet; Syrian rebels mount a counterattack; Taiwan’s military …

Lawmaker: Increased Pentagon secrecy has been “catastrophic” for the bigger-budget push. In a remarkable address at a naval-themed conference on Wednesday, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., upbraided Navy and defense leaders for telling their people to say less in public over the past year. “I don’t mean to single out the Navy here, I understand there was similar guidance from [the Office of the Secretary of Defense] across the services as well,” said Gallagher, a first-term Congressman and retired Marine who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. “But I cannot emphasize how catastrophic a mistake I think that is.”

How so? “Gallagher said that by throttling back the stream of information, the Navy and other services haven’t cut off adversaries — only the American public. Constituents who don’t hear about grounded jets and colliding ships can’t write letters, clog voicemails, and visit congressional offices. So lawmakers interested in funding a 355-ship

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Colorado lawmakers consider statewide bullying prevention …

DENVER — The Cherry Creek School District is still reeling from the suicide of a 10-year-old girl. Bullying led to the girl’s death, according to her parents.

Cyberbullying is reaching epidemic proportions and action is needed before more children take their lives, according to experts.

In Colorado, there is nothing statewide that directly requires courses on bullying prevention even as suicide rates continue to climb.

“Instead of it leveling off or lessening — it still seems to be growing,” Republican State Sen. Kevin Priola said.

Priola is responsible for legislation that awards grant money to school districts to create bullying prevention programs.

Part of the comprehensive education is aimed at teaching kids to speak up when someone is being bullied.

Just more than a dozen school districts in the state receive the grant money, including the Cherry Creek School District.

“All school districts are required to have a safe school plan,” said Adam Collins

Read more at: http://kdvr.com/2017/11/30/colorado-lawmakers-consider-statewide-bullying-prevention-education/

Colorado lawmakers consider statewide bullying prevention education

DENVER – The Cherry Creek School District is still reeling from the suicide of a 10-year-old girl. Bullying led to the girl’s death, according to her parents. In wake of the tragedy, the FOX31 Problem Solvers have asked Colorado lawmakers what more should be done to make bullying prevention a priority.

Cyber bullying is reaching epidemic proportions and action is needed before more children take their lives, according to experts. In Colorado, there is nothing statewide that directly requires courses on bullying prevention even as suicide rates continue to climb.

“Instead of it leveling off or lessening — it still seems to be growing,” said Republican state Senator Kevin Priola.

Priola is responsible for legislation that awards grant money to school districts to create bullying prevention programs. Part of the comprehensive education is aimed at teaching kids to speak up when someone is being bullied.

Just more than a dozen school

Read more at: http://kdvr.com/2017/11/30/colorado-lawmakers-consider-statewide-bullying-prevention-education/

Lawmakers push measure to make ‘revenge porn’ a federal crime

Just days after a member of Congress had a explicit photo released on the internet by an anonymous Twitter user, congressional lawmakers began a strong push to make “revenge porn” or “sextortion” a federal crime.

Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, said he shared a sexually explicit video and text messages with a woman he was seeing after he separated from his second wife. An image from that video of a naked Barton, now 68, appeared on the internet last week, becoming the talk of his hometown and spurring debate over criminal intent.

Tuesday, Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said they’d sponsor the new legislation to make “revenge porn” a federal crime. The bill is similar to a bill introduced last year by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. Speier introduced the bill in the

Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article186853463.html

Protecting our Children: Lawmakers roll out new measures to fight bullying menace

HARRISBURG — Lawmakers have repeatedly grappled with the issue of bullying in recent years, as part of the growing realization of the potentially lasting affects caused by abusive treatment of students by their peers.

Among their actions have been laws that made hazing and cyber-bullying specifically illegal.

Now, as Gov. Tom Wolf steps up a campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses, one state lawmakers is arguing that one of the keys to dealing with bullying may be doing a better job combating it in middle schools.

State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny County is proposing legislation that would call on the Department of Education to develop uniform guidelines for schools to follow in handling cases of bullying, harassment, along with sexual harassment, sexual assault and dating violence.

In addition, his legislation would require schools to offer students with an opportunity to anonymously report bullying, harassment of sexual violence.

“Over the last decade, I believe

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Families Hopeful After Lawmakers Pass Cyber Bullying Legislation

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers are taking a stance against cyber
bullying after the Senate Wednesday unanimously passed a bill known as
“David’s Law.”

• David’s Law would require public schools to create or update
their cyber bullying policies

• The bill also creates a criminal offense for those previously
convicted of cyber bullying

It’s named after an Alamo Heights student who committed suicide in
January of last year after prolonged cyberbullying. The Senate’s vote
was a ray of light for a family that lost their son way too soon.

It’s been a year and a half nightmare for the Molak family after
losing their 16-year-old son, David to suicide. But now Texas
lawmakers are one step closer to creating a new law in his name that

Read more at: http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/05/3/families-hopeful-after-lawmakers-pass-cyber-bullying-legislation.html

Texas Lawmakers Propose Anti-Cyber Bullying ‘David’s Law’

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ARLINGTON (CBS11) – State lawmakers are delving into cyber space to deal with bullies. A proposed new law would regulate how schools deal with bullies online and in schools.

The law would be named after a teen who was so tortured by online bullies he killed himself.

Sixteen-year-old David Molak of San Antonio committed suicide after enduring months of cyber bullying. His family said the day he killed himself, he’d been the butt of cruel text message sent by his peers.

“For people that get their satisfaction out of dimming the lights of others they need to know that sometimes those lights just don’t come back on,” said his father Matt Molak.

The proposed new law would be named David’s Law, after the teen.

Among other things, it would require all schools in Texas put policies in place against bullying and cyber bullying.

It would require schools to contact parents within 24 hours

Read more at: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/01/05/texas-lawmakers-propose-anti-cyber-bullying-davids-law/