The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act , also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, could come to the floor of the House as soon as tomorrow. From the NAACP:
Currently, the federal government is allowed to intervene in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes only if they occur on federal property or if the victim was participating in one of six very specific activities, such as voting. The " Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act" has been introduced in the US House by Congressman John Conyers (MI) (H.R. 1592) and in the Senate by Senator Edward Kennedy (MA) (S. 1105). This bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, and is expected to come to the House floor as soon as Tuesday, May 1st. Exodus International
is all ruffled up. I'm guessing they think they'll have a dip in business if hate crimes against gays decreased.