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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 28, 2019 10:07 AM
From: Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. and Sen. Anthony H. Williams
To: All Senate members
Subject: Hate-Based Intimidation
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation to modernize Pennsylvania's Hate Crimes Statute, currently known as “Ethnic Intimidation”.

This legislation recognizes that hate crimes are not limited to attacks based upon a person’s ethnicity and renames the statute “Hate-based Intimidation”. Hate-based intimidation includes attempting to cause or causing bodily injury, property damage, or threatening either causing reasonable fear of harm.

This legislation protects anyone from the crime of hate-based intimidation based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, intellectual disability, physical or sensory disability or behavioral or mental health.

Please join me in protecting our constituents and ensuring that hate has no home in Pennsylvania.

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Introduced as SB947