Steve April 13, 2021
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Arkansas legislators on Monday passed a water-downed hate crime bill that has received criticisms from advocates for not going far enough to offer protection to marginalized groups. 

In a 65-26 vote, the majority- Republican House passed the “class protection” bill and sent it to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who said he plans to sign the bill into law.  

“I believe we have a bill that can develop and garner the necessary consensus, that can send a strong message, that can be comprehensive in its coverage and can be substantial in its punishment,” Republican House Speaker Matthew Shepherd said, according to the Associated Press.  

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The bill would make offenders serve 80 percent of their sentence if they were convicted of a serious violent felony against someone because of their “mental, physical, biological, cultural, political, or religious beliefs or characteristics, according to the AP.  

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the bill a “sham” and said that “virtually any violent crime based on a person’s association or belief would be covered, including crimes targeting white supremacists or neo-Nazis.” 

ADL’s South Central Regional Director told CBS News that the bill doesn’t protect vulnerable communities who are threatened when hate crimes happen.  

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Arkansas legislators on Monday passed a water-downed hate crime bill that has received criticisms from advocates for not going far enough to offer protection to marginalized groups. 

In a 65-26 vote, the majority- Republican House passed the “class protection” bill and sent it to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who said he plans to sign the bill into law.  

“I believe we have a bill that can develop and garner the necessary consensus, that can send a strong message, that can be comprehensive in its coverage and can be substantial in its punishment,” Republican House Speaker Matthew Shepherd said, according to the Associated Press.  

RELATED: Arkansas becomes first state to ban treatment for transgender youth

The bill would make offenders serve 80 percent of their sentence if they were convicted of a serious violent felony against someone because of their “mental, physical, biological, cultural, political, or religious beliefs or characteristics, according to the AP.  

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the bill a “sham” and said that “virtually any violent crime based on a person’s association or belief would be covered, including crimes targeting white supremacists or neo-Nazis.” 

ADL’s South Central Regional Director told CBS News that the bill doesn’t protect vulnerable communities who are threatened when hate crimes happen.  

The post Arkansas Governor to sign stripped down hate crimes bill appeared first on BNC.

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