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.Thanks Chris, and thanks to all of you for encouraging your legislators! Please keep at it!
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.
Shuck and Jive
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Hate Crime Bill Advances
This is from Chris Sanders at the Tennessee Equality Project:
Posted by John Shuck at 4/22/2009 03:37:00 PM