Senate lawmakers were busy in committee hearings during the week of February 22-26, approving legislation that would target the growing social issue of “sexting,” change Illinois’ legislative scholarship program and push back the state’s February primary election date, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

The Senate Criminal Law Committee tackled the issue of “sexting,” a growing social trend where explicit photos or video are sent via cell phone or e-mail to someone else. The legislation focuses on people younger than 18, as sexting has become increasingly prevalent among young people in recent years.

Currently, there is little that can be done to address sexting aside from pursuing felony child pornography charges—which prosecutors are reluctant to do. Senate Bill 2513 seeks to create a middle ground." />

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