The Local Hate Crimes Bill Pres. Bush Vetoed Is Back In Action


“House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) is reintroducing the same hate crimes bill which passed the US House two years ago, H.R.1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007. This is the same hate crime bill that was passed in the last Congress, but was vetoed by President Bush. Conyers hopes that it will be passed and signed by President Obama. A representative of the House Judiciary Committee has said that Conyers’ bill should be in Judiciary, which he heads, by Friday (Today). The bill would permit federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute local crimes in which the victim was selected due to the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The shorter, proto-hate bill HR 256 which has been in House Judiciary since early January will now be abandoned. ” [Back2Stonewall]