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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 33: Collection of hate crime data; regulations

Section 33. The colonel shall promulgate regulations relative to the collection of hate crime data. Said regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) establishment of a central repository for the collection and analysis of hate crime data and, upon the establishment of such repository, the crime reporting unit shall be responsible for collecting, analyzing, classifying and reporting such data, and shall maintain this information in a central repository;

(2) procedures necessary to ensure effective data-gathering and preservation and protection of confidential information, and the disclosure of information in accordance with section thirty-five;

(3) procedures for the solicitation and acceptance of reports regarding hate crimes which are submitted to the crime reporting unit;

(4) procedures for assessing the credibility and accuracy of reports of hate crime data from law enforcement agencies.