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House to hold vote on Ariz. anti-stalking bill

Lawmakers will consider a revised Arizona anti-stalking bill that had riled social media users for making it criminal to annoy or offend someone online.

The Arizona House is scheduled Monday to hold a final vote on a proposal updating state harassment and stalking laws to include smartphones and cyber communication.

A provision in the bill that free speech advocates said could lead to people being criminally charged for online comments permitted by the Constitution has since been dropped.

The bill’s focus is now on behavior intended to intimidate or threaten. It also states the law would not apply to constitutionally protected speech. Other changes include specifications that a threat be directed at a specific individuals or group.

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