Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 32 of chapter 22C of the General Laws, inserted by section 22 of chapter 412 of the acts of 1991, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of "Hate crime" and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-
"Hate crime", any criminal act coupled with overt actions motivated by bigotry and bias including, but not limited to, a threatened, attempted or completed overt act motivated at least in part by racial, religious, ethnic, handicap, gender or sexual orientation prejudice, or which otherwise deprives another person of his constitutional rights by threats, intimidation or coercion, or which seek to interfere with or disrupt a person's exercise of constitutional rights through harassment or intimidation. Hate crime shall also include, but not be limited to, acts that constitute violations of sections thirty-seven and thirty-nine of chapter two hundred and sixty-five, section one hundred and twenty-seven A of chapter two hundred and sixty-six and chapter two hundred and seventy-two.