Shuck and Jive

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!


  1. Wow! That's amazing! Getting a bill passed out of a sub-committee in Tennessee is tough! You would have an easier time passing Elvis through your colon!

  2. I stole it from Steve Martin. He's all about visuals.