The bills in questions are Senate S. 909 and House Bill 1913. The House bill already passed through the house and will need to be voted on by congress.
While it may sound good to have a "Hate Crimes" bill, I will list just a few reasons why it is not.
1. There is a provision in the bill that allows prosecution of "Hate speech" limiting your 1st amendment rights to free speech- in particular over the Internet, tv and radio. YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED.
2. It allows for double jeopardy- if convicted (or not) of a crime at a state level, the federal government (according to the bill) can charge you twice for the same crime!!!
3. All crime is hate crime- but according to this bill, some people are afforded special protection. Heres an example, say I am assaulted and the perpetrator is arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The next day and homosexual is assaulted IN THE EXACT SAME MANNER, not only can that perpetrator be charged with aggravated assault, but get a hate crimes enhancement tacked onto it. Shouldn't all crimes be treated fairly, and based solely upon the extent of the crime? How can the government know what's going on in someone elses heart and mind. You cant PROVE the man who assaults a homosexual or minority did it only out of targeted hate. But this bill allows the government to "assume" the motivation of someone's crime and give them a stiffer penalty because of it. Is this justice?
Now you know.....