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H.B. 199, 2008 Code §7-424, 7-424.1 Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation; http://mlis.state.md.us/2008rs/bills/hb/hb0199e.pdf; Up to the schools to establish policy for punishment.

Misuse of Interactive Computer Service (Grace’s Law). Passed legislature 4/2013.  Significantly changed version signed by governor on May 2, 2013. Named after Grace McComas, a high school student who committed suicide in 2012 on Easter after being cyberbullied by a neighbor. “This bill prohibits a person from using an “interactive computer service” to maliciously engage in a course of conduct that inflicts serious emotional distress on a minor or places a minor in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury with the intent (1) to kill, injure, harass, or cause serious emotional distress to the minor or (2) to place the minor in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury. Violators are guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and/or a $500 maximum fine.” http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/chapters_noln/Ch_369_hb0396T.pdf