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HB 0426 - Criminal procedure; imposition of punishment for crimes involving bias or prejudice; revise criteria

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Chuck Efstration
Last Action: 7/1/2020 - Effective Date
House Committee: Judiciary - Non-Civil
Senate Committee: Judiciary
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 426 amends Title 17 of the OCGA to provide enhanced penalties for felonies or designated misdemeanors in which the defendant intentionally selected a victim or group of victims based on such victim's or group of victims' actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability, or physical disability. The bill further requires judges to state when they impose such an enhanced sentence and how much of the increased sentence is based on this penalty. HB 426 also provides for reporting of investigations of these crimes to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for annual publication in the Georgia Uniform Crime Reports.

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