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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 23, 2021 12:52 PM
From: Representative Ed Gainey and Rep. Morgan Cephas
To: All House members
Subject: False Reports to Law Enforcement Package
 
A White woman threatening to call the police on a Black man in New York after he asked her to put her dog on a leash. A video showing the police being called on a Black family trying to barbeque with a charcoal grill in California. A salon stylist refusing to cut a transgender woman’s hair, making offensive and transphobic comments and receiving no reprimand from her employer. In Pennsylvania, a group of Black golfers being harassed for “golfing too slowly,” leading to law enforcement being called on them. Within the last year, a revolution against racism, police brutality, and inequality has continued to grip the nation. Now, more than ever, we have a duty to protect and serve our constituents and their loved ones. Reinforcing current law and holding employers accountable for their employees’ conduct is necessary to push us forward on the path to equality. 

Document 1 – Our first bill will provide more protections for Pennsylvanians who experience ethnic intimidation by increasing penalties for individuals who file a false police report with malicious intent towards another person’s race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. 

Document 2 – Our second bill encourages businesses to take proactive steps to discourage employees from filing ethnically-motivated false police reports by holding employers civilly liable for damages resulting from employees’ violations of an individual’s civil rights. 

As elected officials, it is our duty to ensure that we continue to work towards the safety and security of all Pennsylvanians. Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.



Document #1

Introduced as HB1616

Description: Document 1 – Our first bill will provide more protections for Pennsylvanians who experience ethnic intimidation by increasing penalties for individuals who file a false police report with malicious intent towards another person’s race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.
 

Document #2

Description: Document 2 – Our second bill encourages businesses to take proactive steps to discourage employees from filing ethnically-motivated false police reports by holding employers civilly liable for damages resulting from employees’ violations of an individual’s civil rights. 

*This document has already been introduced as HB 1199

HB 1199
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