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      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2013

What is it?

H.R.90 — the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2013, or David’s Law — aims to up the punishments that perpetrators of hate crimes receive. Hate crime refers to an act of violence or intimidation motivated by race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or disability.

If passed, H.R. 90 would amend the federal criminal code, so that a person who commits a hate crime, as defined above, using fire, a firearm, or explosives will receive 10 years in prison. If the hate crime results in death, the perpetrator could face a life sentence. Currently, how hate crimes are punished varies from state to state — but the federal government can prosecute hate crimes.

The bill also commissions a study on adult recruitment of children to commit hate crimes and grants money to state and local programs that organize programs to stop hate crimes committed by juveniles.


Anyone who could be discriminated against based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or disability, local and state law enforcement, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice.


A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note: 

Some religious and right wing groups have protested against earlier versions of H.R. 90, citing the current criminal code as sufficient. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms lobbied on earlier version of the bill in 2007 and 2008. However, no groups have offered official support on the most current version of the bill.

According to the 2013 FBI hate crime statistics report, 48.5 percent of the 5,928 reported hate crimes in 2014 were racially motivated, 20.8 percent were motivated by sexual orientation, and 17.4 percent were motivated by religion. Over 52 percent of hate crime offenders were white.


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David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2013

Official Title

To enhance Federal enforcement of hate crimes, and for other purposes.

    That is a simple way to send stronger message who plan to commit such crime. We stand for diversity and equal rights.
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    We need to censor hate speech.
    The only hate crimes being committed here are by the people that are pushing hate crimes. Trying to jail, intimidate, harass, sue, threaten to murder those that preach against homosexuality (since it is what the Bible tells Christians to do) is a hate crime. So lets start with the ones who made hate crimes up, if they want to do that, let them get whatever punishment they wished to inflict on the innocent. Get real.
    American Justice is supposed to blind to color, religion, sexual orientation. Classifying any crime as a hate crime with a harsher penalty because the crime was committed to a protected person by a non-protected person is discriminatory and violates due process of law. Overly protecting groups of people is simply designed to secure their votes.