Text: S.1765 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (10/08/2009)

1st Session
S. 1765

To amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless.


October 8, 2009

Mr. Cardin (for himself, Ms. Collins, Mr. Brown, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Schumer, and Mr. Burris) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Inclusion of homeless.

Section (1)(b) of the Hate Crime Statistics Act is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “homeless status,” after “sexual orientation,”; and

(2) by adding the end the following:

“(6) As used in this subsection, the term ‘homeless status’ with respect to an individual, refers to an individual who—

“(A) lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or

“(B) has a primary nighttime residence that is—

“(i) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;

“(ii) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, including motels, hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing; or

“(iii) housing of other persons in which the individual is temporarily staying due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.”.