Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is facing revenge porn charges in California.

He's accused of sending his ex–girlfriend a sexually explicit video of her.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill that would make that illegal in Nebraska.

Omaha Sen. Megan Hunt proposed the measure, saying revenge porn can cause irreparable harm to a victim's mental health and job and education opportunities.

"I believe we're entering a time when the market for incriminating photos of people is just going to get stronger and that's why we have to be proactive about stopping that by passing this bill," Hunt said.

One woman who testified in favored of the bill she said she's afraid of retaliation from her ex, who she said sent revenge porn of her when her husband ran for legislature.

"Three weeks before the election, he received a demand via email that he drop out of the race," she said.  Two days later, someone emailed him a sexually explicit photo of me taken 24 years earlier."

But Spike Eickholt of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association said the bill is redundant and would only stack new charges.

"When the legislature makes new crimes and provides that a separate, new crime can be added, then you just have the stacking of new charges," Eickholt said.  "And the more you make, the more they charge.  The more they charge, the more that results in imbalance in the system."

Telecommunications company CenturyLink said they don't oppose the bill, but said they want it amended to include liability protections for internet companies.

"That's kind of what we want to address up front and propose some very direct language that we are not held liable in those situations," Governmental Affairs Director John Idoux said.

The bill must pass the Judiciary Committee before being debated on the floor.