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Senate Republicans sink hate crime legislation

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hate crime legislation appears to be dead for the 2018 session after Senate Republicans Tuesday pulled it, saying they were unable to find common ground to advance the bill. Senate Bill 418 would have allowed judges to weigh everything from race and sex to gender identity and sexual orientation as aggravating […]

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Black legislative caucus defines 2017 agenda

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is making a bias crime law one of its top priorities for the 2017 legislative session. “We cannot continue to put this on the back burner in regards to bias crime here in the state of Indiana,” said caucus member, Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis. […]