hate crimes

Federal and state officials urged local leaders to proactively create plans to address hate crimes in their communities.

Holcomb Signs Hate Crimes Protections Into Law

Apr 4, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb quietly signed into law Wednesday a bill that aims to create hate crimes protections.

Women4Change Indiana executive director Rima Shahid says leaving sex and gender out of hate crimes legislation is particularly harmful. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hate crimes legislation advocates say Gov. Eric Holcomb should veto a current bias crimes bill if lawmakers don’t make it more comprehensive.

House Republicans quickly approve their preferred hate crimes language. Dramatic changes made to a major gaming bill. And the House unanimously passes a bill to improve school bus traffic safety.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes

The Indiana House debates a hate crimes bill. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House Republicans approved a bill creating hate crimes protections Tuesday, one which doesn’t have the support of more than 700 businesses that advocate for such a measure.

Holcomb Insists Hate Crimes Debate Isn't Over

Mar 26, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks at the 2019 Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb insists this session’s debate over hate crimes legislation isn’t over. And he says he’ll continue to advocate for a more expansive list of victim characteristics in the measure.

The Indiana House Chamber (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House voted on a floor amendment Monday that would create hate crimes protections in state law.

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research

ClearObject CEO John McDonald is a board member of the Indiana Technology and Innovation Association. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana tech industry leaders say the lack of a comprehensive hate crimes law is a barrier to attracting talent.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants Hoosiers to contact their lawmakers to urge them to pass a hate crimes bill with a list of victim characteristics. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb is staying steadfast in his push for a hate crimes bill that includes a list of victim characteristics.