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Committee Bill No. 6258

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 3944

 

*03944HB06258PS_*

Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING INTIMIDATION ON ACCOUNT OF OCCUPATION AS A PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 53a-181i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

For the purposes of sections 53a-181j to 53a-181l, inclusive, as amended by this act:

(1) "Disability" means physical disability, mental disability or intellectual disability;

(2) "Gender identity or expression" means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's assigned sex at birth;

(3) "Mental disability" means one or more mental disorders, as defined in the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders";

(4) "Intellectual disability" has the same meaning as provided in section 1-1g; [and]

(5) "Physical disability" means any chronic physical handicap, infirmity or impairment, whether congenital or resulting from bodily injury, organic processes or changes or from illness, including, but not limited to, blindness, epilepsy, deafness or hearing impairment or reliance on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device; and

(6) "Public safety employee" means a reasonably identifiable police officer, as defined in section 7-294a, firefighter, as defined in section 7-313g, or emergency medical technician, as defined in section 19a-175.

Sec. 2. Section 53a-181j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) A person is guilty of intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the first degree when such person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of the actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of such other person or because of such other person's duties as a public safety employee, causes serious physical injury to such other person or to a third person.

(b) Intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the first degree is a class C felony.

Sec. 3. Section 53a-181k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) A person is guilty of intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the second degree when such person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of the actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of such other person or because of such other person's duties as a public safety employee, does any of the following: (1) Causes physical contact with such other person, (2) damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property of such other person, or (3) threatens, by word or act, to do an act described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection, if there is reasonable cause to believe that an act described in subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection will occur.

(b) Intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the second degree is a class D felony.

Sec. 4. Section 53a-181l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) A person is guilty of intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the third degree when such person, with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person or group of persons because of the actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression of such other person or persons or because of such other person's or persons' duties as public safety employees: (1) Damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property, or (2) threatens, by word or act, to do an act described in subdivision (1) of this subsection or advocates or urges another person to do an act described in subdivision (1) of this subsection, if there is reasonable cause to believe that an act described in said subdivision will occur.

(b) Intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

53a-181i

Sec. 2

October 1, 2017

53a-181j

Sec. 3

October 1, 2017

53a-181k

Sec. 4

October 1, 2017

53a-181l

Statement of Purpose:

To include within the offense of intimidation based on bigotry or bias the act of a person intimidating or harassing another person because such other person is a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.; REP. CANDELORA, 86th Dist.

REP. HOYDICK, 120th Dist.; REP. O'DEA, 125th Dist.

REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.; REP. STANESKI, 119th Dist.

REP. SREDZINSKI, 112th Dist.; REP. BYRON, 27th Dist.

REP. SRINIVASAN, 31st Dist.; REP. D'AMELIO, 71st Dist.

H.B. 6258