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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 18, 2018 03:10 PM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion
To: All Senate members
Subject: Hate Crimes Against Disabled
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that would add “intellectual or physical disability” to list of items that prosecutors can consider when contemplating hate crime charges.

Last year, abhorrent attacks on individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities had highlighted a critical gap in Pennsylvania’s Criminal Code. Currently, Pennsylvania’s Criminal Code provides for hate crime charges dealing with incidents involving acts committed against an individual based on race, color, religion or national origin.

Attacks committed against disabled individuals represent some of the most repugnant acts, and should be punished accordingly.

This legislation will be similar to SB 749 of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session which was co-sponsored by the following Senators: McGarrigle, Dinniman, Folmer, Browne and Rafferty.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB444