A bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) would make it a hate crime to commit a criminal act, in whole or in part, because of the victims homeless status.
Under existing law, a person who commits a crime that is a hate crime is required to receive an enhanced sentence. The bill was introduced on February 22, 2019.
According to the Bill:
AB 1422, as introduced, Gipson. Hate crimes: homeless status.
Existing law makes an act punishable as a hate crime if it is a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of an actual or perceived characteristic of the victim relating to the victim’s disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of those actual or perceived characteristics. Under existing law, a person who commits a crime that is a hate crime is required to receive an enhanced sentence.
This bill would make it a hate crime to commit a criminal act, in whole or in part, because of the victim’s actual or perceived homeless status, as defined. By expanding the scope of an enhancement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would also make technical, conforming changes.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.