Hate Crimes Legislation Comes to Committee Vote This Week

by jhwygirl

Several items, while having had their hearings, have been awaiting executive action – i.e., the committee vote. Some of these are pretty important (I’d guess) to 4&20 readers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has given indication, on Friday, that it would bring to committee vote SB223, the hate crimes legislation proposed by Sen. Carol Juneau, of Browning. It would revise hate crime laws to include enhanced penalties for harassment and crimes based on sexual orientation, gender and gender expression and disability.

The committee meets every day, at 9 a.m., in room 303.

You can listen to that hearing here. You’ll need to have RealAudio. Simply download the January 22nd meeting. The hearing on SB223 starts at 1:00:00. Proponents begin at 1:13:00, and opponents begin at 2:09:00.

Many opponents to this legislation spoke to how enacting it would impede upon their rightful expression of religion.

This committee vote is crucial. Members of the senate judiciary committee need to hear from you.
Gary Perry, Chair – perrysd35@aol.com
Jim Shockley, Vice-Chair – no email listed
Aubyn Curtissaubyna@interbel.net
John Espjohnesp2001@yahoo.com
Greg Hinkle – no email listed
Larry Jentlarry@imt.net
Carol Juneaucsjuneau@3rivers.net
Cliff Larsen – no email listed
Jesse Laslovichjesselaz@yahoo.com
Dan McGee – no email listed
Lynda Mosslyndamoss@imt.net
Terry Murphymurphter5@yahoo.com

Valencia Lane the staffer for this committee – vlane@mt.gov. Please copy her with any comments that you send.

  1. Mayor of Mayhem

    Isn’t crime by it’s definition hateful? If you kill someone is it worse if they are gay, or black, or republican, or whatever?

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