Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Hate Crimes Bill Hearing This Thursday

UPDATED 2-7-07: The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee was originally scheduled to hear HB 1459 on Thursday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 319 at the State House. The committee has pulled HB 1459 from its schedule of bills to be heard tomorrow. Prosecutor Brizzi's office believes it will be heard next week on February 14. Sponsored by Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis), the bill will provide enhanced sentencing penalties for persons who commit crimes against persons based on a bias, such as their religion, race or sexual orientation. Please contact members of the committee to urge their support of HB 1459.

The Committe on Courts and Criminal Code is chaired by Rep. Phil Hoy (D-Evansville). Other members of the committee include the following:

Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend)
Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond)
Rep. Vern Tincher (D-Riley)
Rep. Trent VanHaaften (D-Mt. Vernon)
Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford)
Rep. Jon Elrod (R-Indianapolis)
Rep. Ralph Foley (R-Martinsville)
Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil)
Rep. John Ulmer (R-Elkhart)

If you click on the link to the legislator's name, you will be able to view the legislator's biography, along with a link for how you can e-mail the legislator to urge his or her support for HB 1459.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this out there Gary.

Wilson46201 said...

Thanks for the info - I'll try to stop by that House hearing before the 11:15am Planned Parenthood Rally in the Statehouse ...

Anonymous said...

The hearing will be Feb 14th-- check with the Chair.

Anonymous said...

This could be a togh committee...with a one-vote Democratic margin, and good ole Vern Tincher in the majority.

Can someone get some common sense in that idiotic representative?

Gary R. Welsh said...

The posted committee schedule lists the bill for hearing on Thursday, February 8.

Anonymous said...

The schedule now says that HB1459 - Bias Crimes bill by Rep Porter ahs been withdrawn -- at least from the schedule for the 8th. What is one to make of that?