HARRISBURG – Two bills have been introduced that seek to put an end to false reports of crime to law enforcement. The first, House Bill 1198 would protect Pennsylvanians from ethnic intimidation by increasing penalties for people who file a false police report with malicious intent toward a person’s race, color, national origin or religion. The bill would also add sexual orientation to the current ethnic intimidation statute. The second proposal, House Bill 1199 would hold businesses accountable for the actions of their employees in this matter. Under the bill, if an employee of a business files a false police report with malicious intent toward a person’s race, color, religion, or sexual orientation, the victim could seek damages from the employer. It would also raise the damages from $500 to $5,000 for civil rights violations.