This bill would increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers and ensure those actions could be prosecuted as a hate crime. The penalty would now include up to five years imprisonment.
What is House Bill H.R. 1730?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1730
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) introduced this bill to increase the federal penalty for making a bomb threat or other credible threat of violence against a religiously affiliated community center and make that prosecutable as a hate crime:
“The rise in threats at religious community centers is deeply disturbing and makes it clear that existing federal laws do not suitably deter these acts of hate. Religious tolerance is the bedrock on which our great nation was founded. We must defend the individual liberties of our neighbors of all faiths and protect places of worship, and I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that addresses the issue head on.”
Original cosponsor Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) added:
“No American should be made a target because of his or her faith. Sadly, religious community centers across the country have increasingly had to lock down their facilities and call in bomb squads. I’m proud to support this bipartisan bill to ensure America remains a beacon of tolerance and respect for religion and free speech.”
- Sponsoring Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) Press Release
- House Judiciary Committee Press Release
- CBO Cost Estimate
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Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of community centers with religious affiliation, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the Judiciary
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- The house Passed December 11th, 2017Roll Call Vote 401 Yea / 2 Nay
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedMarch 27th, 2017
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