PA 08-49—SB 604

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING HATE CRIMES

SUMMARY: This act makes it a discriminatory practice to place a noose or simulation of one (1) on public property or on private property without the owner's written consent and (2) with intent to intimidate or harass someone based on religion, national origin, alienage, color, race, sex, sexual orientation, blindness, or physical disability.

Committing a discriminatory practice is a class A misdemeanor but it is a class D felony if property damage over $1,000 results (see Table on Penalties). It is also a class D felony if the person commits the discriminatory practice (1) while wearing a mask, hood, or other device designed to conceal his identity and (2) intends to deprive another person of any legally guaranteed right because of his religion, national origin, alienage, color, race, sex, sexual orientation, blindness, or physical disability (CGS 53-37a).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008

BACKGROUND

Discriminatory Practices

By law, it is a discriminatory practice to:

1. deprive someone of any legally guaranteed right because of his or her religion, national origin, alienage, color, race, sex, sexual orientation, blindness, or physical disability;

2. intentionally desecrate any public property, monument, or structure; religious object, symbol, or house of worship; cemetery; or private structure; or

3. place a burning cross or simulation of one on public property or on private property without the owner's written consent.

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