Prosecuting Hate Crimes

House Roll Call No. 223
111th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 249-175 (see complete tally)
On April 29, 2009, the House passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913) by a vote of 249 to 175. The ACLU supported this legislation because it would expand the federal criminal civil rights statute to punish violent acts committed against a person because of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity, gender or disability. It also included important First Amendment free speech and association protections by prohibiting the use of evidence of a person's speech or membership to prove the crime unless the evidence was specifically related to the violent offense. These would be the strongest protections against the misuse of a person's exercise of free speech rights that Congress has ever enacted as part of the federal criminal code.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 223
Votes For : 249
Votes Against : 175
Not Voting : 10