About Bill -- Links
SENATE BILL NO. 66
INTRODUCED BY BOHLINGER J
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT AMENDING MONTANA'S HATE CRIMES LAWS TO INCLUDE SEXUAL ORIENTATION; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 45-5-221 AND 45-5-222, MCA."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 45-5-221, MCA, is amended to read:
"45-5-221. Malicious intimidation or harassment relating to civil or human rights -- penalty. (1) A person
commits the offense of malicious intimidation or harassment when, because of another person's race, creed, religion, color,
national origin, sexual orientation, or involvement in civil rights or human rights activities,
he the person purposely or
knowingly, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, or offend:
(a) causes bodily injury to another;
(b) causes reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another; or
(c) damages, destroys, or defaces any property of another or any public property.
(2) For purposes of this section, "deface" includes but is not limited to cross burning or the placing of any word or
symbol commonly associated with racial, religious, or ethnic identity or activities on the property of another person without
his or her that person's permission.
(3) A person convicted of the offense of malicious intimidation or harassment shall be imprisoned in the state prison for a term not to exceed 5 years or be fined an amount not to exceed $5,000, or both."
Section 2. Section 45-5-222, MCA, is amended to read:
"45-5-222. Sentence enhancement -- offenses committed because of victim's race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or involvement in civil rights or human rights activities. (1) A person who has been found guilty of any offense, except malicious intimidation or harassment, that was committed because of the victim's race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or involvement in civil rights or human rights activities or that involved damage, destruction, or attempted destruction of a building regularly used for religious worship, in addition to the punishment provided for commission of the offense, may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 2 years or more than 10 years, except as provided in 46-18-222.
(2) An additional sentence prescribed by subsection (1) shall run consecutively to the sentence, except as provided in 46-18-222."
- END -
Latest Version of SB 66 (SB0066.01)
Processed for the Web on December 17, 1998 (1:21PM)
New language in a bill appears underlined, deleted material appears stricken.
Sponsor names are handwritten on introduced bills, hence do not appear on the bill until it is reprinted. See the status of this bill for the bill's primary sponsor.
Status of this Bill| 1999 Session | Leg. Branch Home
Prepared by Montana Legislative Services