|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to codes|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to codes|
senate Bill S918
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
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S918 - Details
S918 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S918 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to designating offenses against homeless persons as hate crimes PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would protect the homeless from the abuse and attacks often levied against them by designating such attacks as hate crimes. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends subdivisions 1 and 2 of section 485.05 of the penal law as added by chapter 107 of the laws of 2000 to include "homelessness" as a defining category in groups legally recognized as protected under hate crimes law. Section 2 also defines the term "homelessness" as a set of circumstances in which a person or persons are undomiciled, with no address, regular residence, or resides in a place not designed for regular sleeping accommodation, a shelter, a residential program for victims of domestic violence or in a hotel/motel on a temporary basis. JUSTIFICATION: In the summer of 2009 the National Coalition for the Homeless released a report documenting a rise in violence against the homeless in the past ten years. Over the last decade there have been approximately
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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