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Social media control bill delayed a week for revision

State House Bureau

January 30. 2013 9:54PM

CONCORD - The House will wait a week to act on a bill that would give a deceased person's family control over their social media and electronic communications sites.

By a 222-128 vote, the House agreed to wait before acting on House Bill 116, which would give the executor or administrator of an estate control over the social media and electronic communications sites of the deceased.

The bill's prime sponsor, Rep. Peter Sullivan, D-Sullivan, Wednesday asked for the delay so an amendment for a comprehensive study of both the specific issue and the broader issue of judicial legacy law could be crafted.

The House Judiciary Committee had recommended killing the bill by a 13-7 vote.

Sullivan had earlier said the state's privacy and estate laws had not kept up with today's technology and social media sites.

Committee members were concerned about the bill's reach, its conflicts with federal law and if it could be enforced.

The House also approved HB 159 which calls on public schools to hold patriotic exercises honoring Constitution Day. The nature of the exercises will be determined by local schools. The House passed the bill on a 326-29 vote.

The House killed HB 107, which would require someone who brings a tort case and loses, to pay the court costs of the winning party.

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