STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Pride Lafayette hosts open discussion about hate and bias crimes bill

Pride Lafayette hosted a question and answer session with State Sen. Ron Alting to discuss a proposed hate and bias crimes bill.

Posted: Feb 10, 2019 12:15 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 6:21 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Pride Lafayette hosted a question and answer session with Republican State Senator Ron Alting on Saturday to discuss a proposed hate and bias crimes bill.

Indiana Lawmakers are currently working on the bill. Right now, there isn't a clear definition of hate and bias crimes in Indiana law.

Alting and co-author State Sen. Mike Bohacek created this bill to change that.

“You don't want to be a state that shows that you don't stand for inclusion,” Alting said.

Alting told audience members exactly what he told other lawmakers, that this bill will have a great impact on the state.

“You will never, ever see another bill before you, the rest of your career ever, that you will have such a great impact on the people of the state of Indiana,” said Alting.

The bill specifically deals with hate crimes due to race, religion or sexual orientation. This will help victims seek justice. Pride Lafayette President Ashley Smith said the session with Alting was timely.

“It's a very important issue that's happening right now, and we want to get our seat at the table," said Smith. "We want to help out in any way we can,” said Smith.

Smith, like many others in attendance, will see the benefit of this bill. News 18 spoke to SJ Houston, Meredith Richmond, and John Burns, who attended the question and answer session. They said they’re ready to see it move forward.

“I think it only means good things for every person in the state of Indiana to have this bill passed and have the bill passed with the full list, including sexual orientation and gender identity,” said SJ Houston.

“It's so needed,” said Meredith Richmond. "We have to be able to distinguish between a regular crime and a crime that's committed to someone because of a characteristic that they cannot change.

“This is something that all state senators and all state representatives need to be pressed on the issue," said John Burns. "We have support in a patchwork of ways but we need to solidify it."

Alting said a decision for the bill will be made mid-February. He's encouraging communities to support the bill by writing letters to their state senators.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33068

Reported Deaths: 2068
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9524558
Lake3494175
Cass15897
Allen141966
St. Joseph122134
Hendricks114268
Hamilton113292
Elkhart110128
Johnson1092106
Madison58459
Porter50522
Bartholomew49034
Clark47941
LaPorte42022
Tippecanoe3823
Howard37824
Delaware37636
Jackson3721
Shelby36822
Hancock32727
Floyd31739
Boone30535
Morgan27724
Vanderburgh2592
Montgomery23417
White2308
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Noble20421
Grant19721
Dubois1903
Harrison18921
Henry16910
Greene16824
Monroe16512
Warrick16528
Dearborn16521
Vigo1538
Lawrence15223
Miami1401
Putnam1357
Jennings1294
Orange12422
Scott1203
Ripley1106
Franklin1098
Kosciusko1011
Carroll933
Daviess8416
Steuben812
Marshall801
Newton7610
Wayne756
Fayette747
Wabash742
LaGrange682
Jasper661
Washington511
Jay490
Fulton471
Clay461
Rush452
Randolph453
Jefferson431
Pulaski410
Whitley383
Owen351
Sullivan341
DeKalb331
Brown331
Starke323
Perry280
Wells270
Benton260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton241
Crawford230
Blackford222
Parke190
Spencer191
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Posey160
Gibson142
Adams131
Ohio130
Warren121
Vermillion100
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0161
West Lafayette
Scattered Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 79°
Kokomo
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 75°
Rensselaer
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Fowler
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 75°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 79°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 73°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 79°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 79°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 79°
Logansport
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Cooler, less humid weather ahead by the weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events