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‘hate Crimes’ Bill Reintroduced

Rep. Dan Glickman (D. Kan.) reintroduced Thursday his “Hate Crimes” bill that would impose federal criminal penalties for damage to religious property and injury to persons in the free exercise of their religious beliefs.

The bill would establish penalties of up to life imprisonment in cases where death results, and fines up to $500,000. Last year, Glickman’s nearly identical bill was passed by the House of Representatives, but was not considered by the Senate.

Glickman said he also is introducing a combination of the “Hate Crimes” bill with another mandating that the Justice Department gather hate crimes statistics for an annual report.