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Hate crimes bill defeat remains the big disappointment of 2018 session

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus see the apparent defeat of bias crimes legislation as one of the biggest setbacks so far. “I think probably a lot of people in the state of Indiana are disappointed that the bias […]

Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

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Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The relative silence and sleepiness with which this session of the Indiana General Assembly has proceeded demonstrate a couple of things. The first is that, after more than a decade of controlling state government, there isn’t all that much left on the Indiana Republican Party’s wish list. The GOP […]

Commentary: Forgive the religious in the name of God

Commentary: Forgive the religious in the name of God

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com That Thursday was surreal. After several last ditch efforts to convince the Indiana Senate that it should debate and vote on the issue of bias, or hate crimes, I was forced to accept that it isn’t going to happen. Not this year. Maybe not ever. Nationally, the number of hate crimes […]

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Hate crimes bill dies on the Senate floor

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will continue to be one of five states without a law addressing hate crimes after a bill that would have changed that was killed on the Senate floor Monday.   If passed into law, Senate Bill 439 would have allowed Hoosier judges to consider enhancing criminal sentences based […]

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Hate crimes legislation moves to Senate for consideration

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Judges would have the right to consider bias motivation when deciding a perpetrator’s punishment if a hate crimes bill becomes law. “This is an attempt, if you will, to allow judges, that we elect that the people elect, prosecutors, which the people elect, to apply factors in closing sentence […]

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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. […]

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Taylor’s new strategy for proposing hate crime legislation

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the fifth time, Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, will try to get a hate crime law on the books in Indiana. During the 2017 legislative session, he wants to add the hate crime provision to another proposed piece of legislation that is designed to protect police officers. A hate […]

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SOTs: Committee discusses amendments to hate crime bill

Corrections and Criminal Law Committee discussed amendments to SB 220, which deals with hate crimes. By Lucas Lloyd Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange “This amendment adds another section, that’s number 12. The aggravation which would be added is that the person committed the offense with the intent to harm or intimidate an individual because of the […]