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Published on Apr 29, 2009
Today, the House is considering the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1913. This bipartisan bill focuses on providing new resources to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent and prosecute hate crimes. It also closes gaps in current federal hate crimes law. The bill also extends protections to more Americans. The current federal hate crimes law authorizes federal aid in cases of hate crimes committed because of a persons race, color, religion, or national origin. This bill closes gaps in federal law to also help combat hate crimes committed because of a persons gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.