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Hate Crimes/James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act

HB 172: Relating to a study regarding the effectiveness of the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act.

Primary Author: Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth)

Joint Author: None.

Background: In 2009, Equality Texas worked with Rep. Veasey's office to draft language which would require the Texas Attorney General to conduct a study to examine the success of the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act and identify barriers to the effective use of, and prosecution under, the Act.  The result of this work was HB 616.  Rep. Veasey filed similar legislation in 2007 (HB 2612). HB 172 is identical to the 2009 bill and is currently filed in the 82nd legislative session.

Committee: Criminal Jurisprudence 

03/01/2011- Left pending in committee.
03/01/2011 - Scheduled for public hearing. [10:30am or upon adjournment; Bldg: JHR, Room: 120]
11/08/2010 - Filed.

Equality Texas Position: We support this legislation.  HB 172 is part of our current Legislative Agenda.

Bill History:  Bill History on HB 172

Fiscal Note:
View the Fiscal Note for HB 172 (PDF)

Equality Texas Action Alerts:

- Join the Equality Texas Action Center.
Write Rep. Veasey a letter of support.
Volunteer with Equality Texas.

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