Resolution urges proposed hate crimes bill to include original language

The Tippecanoe County Human Relations Commission approved a resolution Monday pushing for the original language to be put back in the state's proposed hate crime bill.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 11:30 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2019 11:39 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Human Relations Commission approved a resolution Monday pushing for the original language to be put back in the state's proposed hate crime bill.

The original language in the bill specifies what biases may fall under special sentencing and created protected classes based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identify, and others.

A republican senator recently wrote an amendment that made the protections non specific.

But we previously reported, Republican Governor Eric Holcomb still supports the original language, and Republican State Senator Ron Alting wrote it.

A commission member who voted on the resolution told News 18 it has nothing to do with party lines.

"I don't know that is it necessarily a party line concern because it passed, but there are a number of people on both sides who voted both ways," said Mike Piggott.

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