A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to collect data on "hate crimes" by white supremacist and other groups sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

It passed by a unanimous voice vote after short debate. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration.The bill sponsored by Hatch and Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., would require the attorney general to collect data for the next five years about crimes - including murder, rape and assault - that show evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity.