The Louisiana House on Tuesday endorsed legislation making nonconsensual disclosure of a private image a crime.
House Bill 489 deals with images of people over age 17 and whose intimate parts are exposed.
The legislation provides for a maximum $10,000 fine and-or a prison term of up to two years.
State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, said the legislation covers instances where there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
State Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, asked what if the image was taken with consent but then the couple broke up and week or so later the image became public.
“How are they going to police that?” asked Havard.
“It would be a ‘he said, she said’ and a judge or jury would have to decide,” replied Stokes.
The House approved the bill on a 92-0 vote. It now goes to the Senate for debate.