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S 625 - Hate Crimes Bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Arlen Specter voted Nay (Cloture Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Cloture Not Invoked (Senate) (54-43) - (Key vote)

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:

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.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Hate Crimes Bill

Sponsors

  • Edward M. 'Ted' Kennedy Sr. (MA - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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