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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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Senate committee hears testimony on hate crime bill

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — La’Kysha Gardner’s 15-year-old son, Jason, was beaten nearly to death and left in a ditch because of his race. His attacker was sentenced to 30 days. “I sat in the courtroom yesterday and watched a young man who almost killed my child receive 30 days,” Gardner told the Senate […]

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New database to track hate based-incidents and crimes

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A project has been launched to create a database to track hate crimes and hate-based incidents across Indiana. The Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate announced the new Tracking Hate Database on Thursday morning at the inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. The event, attended by around 200 people, focused on combatting and addressing […]

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What didn’t happen in the 2016 legislative session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Not every bill can make it to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the bills that didn’t make it through the 2016 General Assembly. Hate Crime Senate Bill 220, authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, would have allowed a judge to increase the length of a […]


Hate crime legislation expanded to include both actual & perceived hate

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An amendment Monday broadened a proposed hate crime law to include both perceived and actual hate. “It’s a notion that is being broadcasted if you will, that Indiana does not protect its citizens,” said Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange. “That we have something against certain individuals because of identifiable characteristics […]

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Commentary: Time for Indiana to pass a tougher hate-crime law

By Rep. Greg Porter and David Sklar Special to TheStatehouseFile.com It has been a bittersweet year. Even as we extended civil rights and equality to millions of Americans and thousands of Hoosiers, we also witnessed the tragic shootings at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, of the newscaster and cameraman in Moneta, Virginia, and most […]