Gender Identity Added as a Factor in Determining Hate Crime (SB 1943 / HB 1982)

Adds gender identity to the list of victim characteristics which should be considered as an enhancement factor in sentencing.

Bill Analysis

Currently, a person’s criminal sentence can be enhanced if it is determined that the person intentionally committed a crime against another because the victim exhibited one of a number of characteristics. These characteristics include, among others, the victim’s “race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender.” This bill would add “gender identity” to the list.

Bill Sponsors

Kyle in the Senate
Jones in the House

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill