Bill prohibits insurers from canceling policies of hate-crime victims |

Bill prohibits insurers from canceling policies of hate-crime victims

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Insurers could not cancel policies of churches or synagogues that are the victims of hate crimes under a bill approved Tuesday by the California Assembly.

Two years ago, three Sacramento synagogues were fire-bombed. Two Shasta County brothers, James Tyler Williams, 30, and Benjamin Matthew Williams, 32, have been charged in the case and are awaiting trial in federal court.

Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, says one of the synagogues was informed after the fire that its insurance policy was being canceled.

His bill would prohibit insurers from canceling policies for places of worship or nonprofit organizations because a claim has been filed for damages caused by a hate crime.

The bill was sent to the Senate by a 66-0 vote.

On the Net: Read the bill, AB1193, at

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