AP NEWS

The Latest: House OKs bias bill lacking gender protections

March 26, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on proposed hate crimes legislation approved by the Indiana House (all times local):

4:09 p.m.

The Indiana House has approved hate crimes legislation that doesn’t specifically list gender identity, age or gender among its protected traits.

House members voted 57-39 Tuesday to advance the bill. The Senate must either agree to the changes made by the House or send it on to a joint House-Senate conference committee to resolve any differences.

The House vote came one day after the chamber unexpectedly adopted hate crimes language in an amended, unrelated bill.

The language refers to an existing state bias crimes reporting statute that mentions color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation, but doesn’t explicitly cover age, sex or gender identity.

The revised bill says bias can also be considered due to the “victim’s or the group’s real or perceived characteristic, trait, belief, practice, association, or other attribute.”

__

10:07 a.m.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he supports a hate crimes proposal that doesn’t specifically list gender identity, age or gender among the protected traits he had supported to get Indiana off a list of five states without such a law.

The Indiana House unexpectedly adopted hate crimes language Monday in an amended, unrelated bill. Holcomb said in a statement that he endorses the proposal, saying it “covers all forms of bias crimes and treats all people equally.”

The language refers to an existing state bias crimes reporting statute that mentions color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation, but doesn’t explicitly cover age, sex or gender identity.

The revised bill says bias can also be considered due to the “victim’s or the group’s real or perceived characteristic, trait, belief, practice, association, or other attribute.”