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Friday, October 23, 2009
Hill Report: Senate Passes Hate Crimes Bill That Provides for Disability-Awaiting Obama's Signature
Yesterday the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-29 passed the Defense Authorization bill. Included in the defense authorization bill was the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill. This bill expanded the categories protected by federal hate crimes legislation to include people with disabilities. In addition language in the bill also extends protections to crimes that are motivated by a persons gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.