House passes Hate Crimes Prevention Act

From the Asian Journal Online:

“The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with a bipartisan vote of 237-180. The Act enables the Department of Justice to assist federal, state and local law enforcement efforts in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes based on race, ethnic background and religion, and expands the definition of hate crimes to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.”

Read more here.

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