Indiana hate crimes bill moves to a senate vote

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Sentate committee has voted a proposed hate crimes bill to the full senate for a vote.

From FOX59 in Indianapolis:

The committee heard nearly three hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the proposed bill. The biggest hang up for Indiana is whether the law would include specific classes, like sexual orientation and gender identity.

The version state senators are discussing includes that language. The draft covers bias-motivated crimes based on things like race, religion, color, sex, gender identity and disability. It also covers things like political affiliation, group affiliation and service in the armed forces.

Indiana is one of only five states without a hate crimes law. It has been proposed before, but this year it has the support of the business community and GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb.

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