senate Bill S918

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes the homeless protection act which designates certain offenses against homeless persons as hate crimes

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to codes
Jan 05, 2011 referred to codes

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S918 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2453
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง485.05, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S8032A, A9222A

S918 - Summary

Establishes the homeless protection act which designates certain offenses against homeless persons as hate crimes; includes the definition of homelessness.

S918 - Sponsor Memo

S918 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   918

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BRESLIN, ADAMS, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, KLEIN,
  KRUEGER, OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, PERKINS,  STAVISKY  --  read  twice  and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal  law,  in  relation  to  designating  offenses
  against homeless persons as hate crimes

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
the "homeless protection act".
  S  2.  Subdivisions  1, 2 and 4 of section 485.05 of the penal law, as
added by chapter 107 of the  laws  of  2000,  are  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  A  person  commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified
offense and either:
  (a) intentionally selects the  person  against  whom  the  offense  is
committed  or  intended  to be committed in whole or in substantial part
because of a belief or perception regarding the  race,  color,  national
origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability,
HOMELESSNESS,  or  sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether
the belief or perception is correct, or
  (b) intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense  in
whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding
the  race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious
practice, age, disability, HOMELESSNESS,  or  sexual  orientation  of  a
person, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
  2.  Proof of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion,
religious practice, age, disability, HOMELESSNESS, or sexual orientation
of the defendant, the victim or of both the  defendant  and  the  victim
does  not,  by itself, constitute legally sufficient evidence satisfying

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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