Senate Bill 937
117th Congress(2021-2022)
COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 117-13 on May 20, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 23, 2021
Latest Action
May 20, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
937
Congress
117
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
Primary focus of measure is criminal offenses, investigation and prosecution, procedure and sentencing; corrections and imprisonment; juvenile crime; law enforcement administration. Measures concerning terrorism may fall under Emergency Management or International Affairs policy areas.
Sponsorship by Party
Hawaii
Montana
Connecticut
Delaware
Delaware
Georgia
Arizona
Illinois
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Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Minnesota
California
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Mexico
New Mexico
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Virginia
Virginia
Washington
Washington
Wisconsin
Passed
April 22, 2021
Type
Passed Senate
Senate Roll Call Votes
Summary

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

This bill requires a designated officer or employee of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) hate crimes and reports of COVID-19 hate crimes.

It defines COVID-19 hate crime as a violent crime that is motivated by two things: (1) the actual or perceived characteristic (e.g., race or ethnicity) of any person, and (2) the actual or perceived relationship to the spread of COVID-19 of any person because of that characteristic.

The bill requires DOJ to issue guidance for state and local law enforcement agencies on how to establish online hate crime reporting processes in multiple languages and how to expand culturally competent education campaigns. Additionally, DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services must issue guidance on best practices for mitigating racially discriminatory language in describing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Public Record
Created
Mar 24, 2021 4:42:13 AM
Updated
May 28, 2021 11:46:04 AM