TRENTON, NJ – Legislation by Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne/Jersey City) that would require the New Jersey Attorney General to report bias intimidation offenses to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for inclusion in their annual report on hate crimes cleared a major hurdle on Monday when it was passed by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

“By requiring the Attorney General to add bias intimidation statistics to those currently reported to the FBI, this bill simply seeks to expand the pool of data available for analysis,” Chiaravallot said following the vote. “In doing so, we hope to develop a clearer, more comprehensive picture of how deeply violence is permeating our communities.”

Under current New Jersey law, a person is guilty of a bias intimidation crime if they commit, attempt to commit, conspire with another to commit, or threaten the immediate commission of an offense intended to intimidate an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity.

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