hate crimes bill

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

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed hate crimes legislation into law. Two anti-abortion bills are headed to the governor’s desk. And the Senate approved a measure allowing pregnant minors to make their own health care decisions.

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

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.

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.

There's a contentious debate in Indiana's 2019 legislative session over whether to enact a hate crimes statute. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

New research from Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute suggests hate crimes laws aren’t used as often as they could be.

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.

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Last year, Crawfordsville’s Human Rights Commission changed city ordinances to ensure they could not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

But when the Indiana Senate passed a hate crimes bill this week, it did not include any such language. That angers one listener to WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, who wants to know what Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton plans to do about it when he next talks to State Senator Phil Boots, who voted for the stripped-down bill.

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.