Florida Senate - 2021 SB 448 By Senator Bracy 11-00050-21 2021448__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to hate crimes; amending s. 817.49, 3 F.S.; designating as a hate crime the false reporting 4 of the commission of a crime by a person in whole or 5 in part because of certain beliefs or perceptions; 6 providing criminal penalties; authorizing a court to 7 impose a program or training directed at hate crime 8 prevention and education; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Section 817.49, Florida Statutes, is amended to 13 read: 14 817.49 False reports of commission of crimes; hate crimes; 15 penalty.— 16 (1) Whoever willfully imparts, conveys, or causes to be 17 imparted or conveyed to any law enforcement officer false 18 information or reports concerning the alleged commission of any 19 crime under the laws of this state, knowing such information or 20 report to be false, in that no such crime had actually been 21 committed, commits
shall upon conviction thereof be guilty ofa 22 misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 23 775.082 or s. 775.083. 24 (2) A person who violates subsection (1) commits a hate 25 crime by intentionally selecting a person in whole or in part 26 because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, 27 religion, religious practice, gender, gender identity or 28 expression, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, 29 disability, sex, or sexual orientation of that person, 30 regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct. A 31 person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the 32 first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 33 775.083, with a minimum mandatory term of imprisonment of 10 34 months. The court may impose as part of the sentence that the 35 person who violates this subsection successfully complete a 40 36 hour program or training directed at hate crime prevention and 37 education. 38 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2021.