TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Senate is one step closer to passing a bill that would for the first time include cyberbullying under the state’s anti-bullying law.

The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared the bill (SB 626) on Monday by a unanimous vote. The House has already passed its own version of the bill.

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The bill is set to extend protection from bullying when it’s done online. According to the bill, bullying using computers off school grounds has to “substantially interfere with or limit” a student’s in-school activities to be covered or causes disruptions in the educational process.

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Florida would be the 17th state to enact a cyberbullying law the bill ultimately passes.

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