Hate crimes; criminal acts against persons because of gender, etc. (SB112)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Hate crimes; gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability; penalty. Adds disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property results in a higher criminal penalty for the offense. The bill also adds disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation status to the categories of hate crimes that are to be reported to the central repository of information regarding hate crimes maintained by the Virginia State Police. The bill also provides that a person who is subjected to acts of vandalism to his real or personal property, where such vandalism is motived by disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, may bring a civil action to recover his damages. The bill also provides that no provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet shall be liable for any action voluntarily taken by it in good faith to restrict access to material that the provider or user considers to be intended to incite hatred on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/15/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102950D
12/15/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/18/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB112)
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB112)
01/15/2018Committee substitute printed to LIS only 18104781D-S1
01/15/2018Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB10.

Comments

Mary D. Devoy writes:

Recommended amendment:
Add “those required to register on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry”.

Why? See here, http://goo.gl/itqmuw

ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill that adds disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to current Virginia laws that provide enhanced penalties for certain crimes when motivated by "hate" and to the state law requiring reporting of "hate crimes" to the Virginia State Police.

Laurie writes:

I support this bill that adds disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to current Virginia laws that provide enhanced penalties for certain crimes when motivated by "hate" and to the state law requiring reporting of "hate crimes" to the Virginia State Police.