Bill Text: CA AB57 | 2021-2022 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Law enforcement: hate crimes.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 20-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-14 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file. [AB57 Detail]

Download: California-2021-AB57-Introduced.html


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 57


Introduced by Assembly Member Gabriel

December 07, 2020


An act relating to hate crimes.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 57, as introduced, Gabriel. Hate crimes.
Existing law defines “hate crime” as a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of actual or perceived characteristics of the victim, including, among other things, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. Existing law provides punishments for hate crimes that range from misdemeanors with specified penalties to felonies, depending on the underlying criminal act and other circumstances.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to respond to the increase in hate crimes by, among other things, strengthening requirements for law enforcement training and education regarding hate crimes and enhancing statutory prohibitions against online hate and harassment.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to respond to the increase in hate crimes by, among other means, doing all of the following:
(a) Strengthening requirements for law enforcement training and education regarding hate crimes.
(b) Improving the collection and reporting of data related to hate crimes.
(c) Enhancing statutory prohibitions against online hate and harassment, including against members of vulnerable communities.
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