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HB 719 Hate crimes; immigration status, civil action, penalty.

Introduced by: Kenneth R. Plum | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Hate crimes; immigration status; civil action; penalty. Adds immigration status to the bases of a victim's intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property that result in a higher criminal penalty for the offense. The bill also adds immigration status to the bases of hate crimes that are to be reported to the central repository of information regarding hate crimes maintained by the Virginia State Police. The bill also provides that a person who is subjected to acts of (i) intimidation or harassment, (ii) violence, or (iii) vandalism to his real or personal property, where such act is motived by animosity toward a person's immigration status, may bring a civil action to recover his damages. The bill also provides that no provider or user of an interactive computer service on the Internet shall be liable for any action voluntarily taken by it in good faith to restrict access to material that the provider or user considers to be intended to incite hatred on the basis of immigration status.


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