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S 625 - Hate Crimes Bill - National Key Vote

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Title: Hate Crimes Bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would allow the Federal government to assist State and local government when prosecuting hate crimes.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes federal government to assist in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
  • Adds of sexual orientation, gender and disability to list of categories covered by federal hate crimes.
  • Provides $10 million to Justice Department through 2003 for grants to state and local governments to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

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