2007 Senate Bill 945

Establish “phishing” penalties

Introduced in the Senate

Dec. 4, 2007

Introduced by Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-7)

To create an explicit crime of obtaining personal information by false pretenses over the internet (“phishing”) punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, authorize damages of up to $250,000 a day, and provide immunity to internet service providers or “interactive computer services” who remove or disable access to an internet domain name based on a good faith belief that it is being used for “phishing”.

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary

March 12, 2008

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

March 18, 2008

Substitute offered

To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described.

Consideration postponed

March 19, 2008

Passed in the Senate 38 to 0 (details)

Received in the House

March 19, 2008

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary