Bias motivated crimes.

Authors: Representative Gregory Porter


Defines "bias motivated crime" as the crime of battery, aggravated battery, strangulation, kidnapping, criminal confinement, robbery, arson, criminal mischief, burglary, residential entry, criminal trespass, theft, criminal conversion, intimidation, harassment, or stalking if the person who commits the crime intentionally selects: (1) an individual against whom the crime was committed; or (2) any property damaged or otherwise affected by the crime; in whole or in part because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability of the individual, another individual, or a group of individuals, whether or not the person's belief or perception was correct. Enhances the penalties for a crime one level if the crime is a bias motivated crime. Requires law enforcement officers to receive training in identifying, responding to, and reporting bias motivated crimes. Amends the law that requires law enforcement agencies to collect and report information concerning bias motivated crimes. Allows an individual who suffers a personal injury or property damage caused by the commission of a bias motivated crime to bring a civil action to recover damages, including punitive damages, from the person who committed the bias motivated crime.