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Tue Mar 14, 2017, 06:27 PM

Utah hate crimes bill sponsor questions public hearing void

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The sponsor of a bill to strengthen the state's hate crimes law and add protections for gay and transgender people has questioned why it was never given a public hearing despite support from lawmakers.

The measure by Republican Daniel Thatcher would give heavier punishments to those defendants who are found guilty of committing a crime to terrorize groups of people based on factors like race, gender and religion.

But the state legislative session ended Thursday without the bill getting a public hearing.

"There was very strong opposition from certain members of the Senate that kept the bill from getting a hearing," he said, declining to name them.

Last year, Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart introduced a similar bill, but it was voted down in the Senate amid concern that it could create special protections for some people.

Read more: http://news.hjnews.com/ap/state/utah-hate-crimes-bill-sponsor-questions-public-hearing-void/article_3f5c2aff-f8a9-57a5-8998-0f067a4892ae.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 06:29 PM

1. Could it be... ...

the legislators dont like gay people?

Gee, I wonder.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 06:33 PM

2. They like them

to pay taxes and patronize their businesses provided that there are no public displays of affection, they keep their mouths shut, and they don't "look" gay.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 14, 2017, 06:34 PM

3. Yeah, that public display line, so true, so pathetic

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