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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hate Crime Bill Advances

This is from Chris Sanders at the Tennessee Equality Project:
HB 0335, which adds gender identity and expression as a sentencing enhancement factor to our current hate crimes statute, passed the House Criminal Practice and Procedure subcommittee today. This is a very important piece of legislation that was introduced by Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) on behalf of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and supported by TEP.

A big thanks to everyone who contacted your legislators and the members of the committee about the bill. Next week it advances to the full House Judiciary Committee.

This is a very positive move for the discussion of hate crimes in our state.
Thanks Chris, and thanks to all of you for encouraging your legislators! Please keep at it!