Wondering what happened to the hate crimes bill?

by on October 7, 2009  •  In Congress, Criminal law

According to an update from HRC Backstory, it could be law as early as next week –

Earlier this evening [Oct. 6], the U.S. House defeated a Republican motion to instruct conferees seeking to strip the hate crimes provision from the Defense Authorization bill to which it is attached.  The vote was 178 to 234.  You may recall that in July, the Senate voted 63 to 28 to add the provisions of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act to the defense bill.  Nearly identical legislation passed the House earlier this year on a bipartisan vote of 249 to 175.  Conferees are expected to retain the hate crimes provisions in the final version of the conference report and today’s vote is a strong show of support for the hate crimes language.

So what’s next?  House Conferees have been appointed and a vote on the final conference report in the House is expected on Thursday.  The Senate action on the conference report should follow next week and then the bill will go to President Obama for his signature.


One Response to Wondering what happened to the hate crimes bill?

  1. Constant Gina October 9, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    good week in lgbt news…

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