Mass. Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Taking ‘Upskirt’ Photos

March 6, 2014 9:58 PM
Mass. Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Taking ‘Upskirt’ Photos
" BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers moved at a pace rarely seen in the legislature, acting quickly to pass through a bill criminalizing the taking of photographs up the skirts of women in public.

The State House and Senate both passed a bill updating the legislature to explicitly ban “upskirting” in public, sending the bill to Governor Patrick’s desk to be signed into law.

“The House took action today to bring Massachusetts laws up-to-date with technology and the predatory practice of ‘upskirting.’ We must make sure that the law protects women from these kind of frightening and degrading acts,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a statement following the vote.

The sense of urgency on Beacon Hill came a day after the state’s highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law.

The Supreme Judicial Court said existing Peeping Tom laws protect people from being photographed in dressing rooms and bathrooms when nude or partially nude, but the way the law is written, it does not protect clothed people in public areas "

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