House Bill 1459
DIGEST OF HB 1459 (Updated February 14, 2007 4:50 pm - DI 69)
Bias crimes. Allows a person who suffers a personal injury or property damage caused by a criminal offense to bring a civil action to recover damages, including punitive damages, if the person who committed the offense knowingly or intentionally selected the victim because of the victim's color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex. Makes commission of a crime because of the color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, or any other characteristic or belief of the victim an aggravating circumstance that may be considered by a judge when the judge imposes a sentence for the crime.
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