Tong Leads House OK Of Hate Crime Bill

May 9, 2017

Rep. William Tong, co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, led the House Tuesday in unanimously approving legislation that makes the commission of a hate crime a felony and increases potential penalties upon a conviction.

“We need to send a clear and unmistakable message that we will not tolerate hate crimes in Connecticut,” Tong said. “When a person becomes the target of a crime because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability, it is an attack on everyone in our society.”

Cracking down on hate crimes was a top priority of Tong, who introduced House Bill 5743, which makes the commission of a hate crime a felony and increases potential penalties upon a conviction. The bill also makes violence and threats based on gender prosecutable as a hate crime and make threats against houses of worship or other religious facilities a more serious felony charge.

Tong shepherded the bill through the Judiciary Committee, which gave its overwhelming approval. On Tuesday, Tong brought the bill out in the House chamber and led its unanimous passage. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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