INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana Senate committee will take up a bill targeting hate crimes - again.
Tuesday's meeting of the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law committee comes after committee members delayed taking action on the bill last week.
Bills targeting hate crimes have failed in recent years and the state is one of just five without laws against crimes motivated by biases, such as race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.
But proponents say they are optimistic this year after Republican legislative leaders have voiced support for the measure.
Opponents, including social conservatives, say hate crime laws create special protected classed that treat victims of similar crimes differently.
But supporters say the lack of such a law makes Indiana look backward.
Senate Bill 418: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/418
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Indiana Senate panel delays vote on hate crime bill
- Senate panel to take up hate crimes bill again
- Indiana Senate panel hearing state hate crimes bill
- Indiana Senate panel to take up hate crimes legislation
- Indiana Senate approves stripped-down hate crimes bill
- Indiana Senate moves toward final vote on hate crimes bill
- Indiana Senate removes list of biases from hate crimes bill
- Governor wants hate crimes bill after synagogue vandalism
- Indiana hate crimes bill advances despite conservative foes
- Concerned citizens push for hate crimes bill at Crackerbarrel session