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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 […]

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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 […]