Sen. Alting fights for hate crime bill amendment

State Senator Ron Alting is not happy with the version of the hate crime bill that passed through the House and the Senate this week.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 6:34 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) --State Senator Ron Alting is not happy with the version of the hate crime bill that passed through the House and the Senate this week.

He said without specific protections for age, sex, ancestry or gender identity, this bill won't help people.

"We have an opportunity to better it and add gender identity to that," said Alting. "I look forward to that fight and that process and you can count on me leading the charge and getting that done."

However, Governor Eric Holcomb supports the current version. He said he believes it still covers all forms of bias crimes and treats all people equally.

Since an amendment was added, the bill will go to a conference committee. There, selected house and senate members will have the opportunity to agree or disagree on any amendments.

Alting hopes he will be chosen for the committee but if not, he plans to try to fit the language in another piece of related legislation this session.

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