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IN THE NEWS

AP News

May  4, 2021

Senators keep South Carolina hate crime bill alive for now

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s effort to become the next-to-last state to pass a hate crimes law survived a challenge from some Republican senators who questioned whether it is necessary to add penalties to violent crimes based on someone’s motives.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-10 to send the hate crimes bill to the Senate floor. Five Republicans joined Democrats to keep the bill alive in 2021 after they turned aside a motion by a Senate leader to pass it over. If the motion had succeeded, it probably would have doomed the proposal with five days left in the session. READ MORE

Post and Courier 

May 4 , 2021

Hate crime bill stays alive in SC Senate after narrow committee vote sends it to floor

COLUMBIA — With just a few days left in the South Carolina legislative session, a House-passed bill to enhance penalties for hate crimes advanced to the Senate floor, maintaining its slim chances of becoming law this year.

In a 13-10 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the hate crimes bill May 4 after a 30-minute debate.

The panel’s chairman, state Sen. Luke Rankin, said before the vote that advancing the bill would keep it alive for now, with expectations that a more extensive debate could happen in the full chamber. READ MORE

The State 

May 4 , 2021

SC senators narrowly vote to send hate crimes to floor with days left in 2021 session

COLUMBIA, S.C.- By a very slim margin, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the hate crimes bill to the Senate floor, pushing what has become a major priority for the business community and equal rights groups closer to passage.

Senators voted 13 to 10 Tuesday to advance the bill, with several Republicans voting against it. Once the bill hits the floor, it will require two votes on separate days to pass the chamber. There are only five days left in the legislative session this year, though lawmakers could come back next January for the second year of a two-year session to consider the bill again. READ MORE

Post and Courier 

April 21, 2021

Hate crime legislation advances in SC Senate in hopes of giving it a chance to pass this year 

COLUMBIA — Legislation enhancing penalties for hate crimes advanced April 21 in the state Senate, but time is running out on its chances for becoming law this year. 

Despite disagreements over the bill’s specifics, a panel voted 3-2 to forward the debate to the full Senate Judiciary Committee, where a larger group of senators will consider amendments. 

The measure that easily passed the House two weeks ago would allow up to five additional years to be tacked on to the prison sentence of someone convicted of an underlying violent crime. Prosecutors could pursue the add-on if the victim was targeted because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. READ MORE

The State 

April 21, 2021

SC hate crimes bill advances as some religious leaders call to remove LGBTQ protections

 

COLUMBIA, S.C.- As the hate crimes bill got its first hearing in the South Carolina Senate, some religious groups continued their push against parts of the legislation.

The religious leaders pushed lawmakers Wednesday to remove provisions of the bill that would extend protections for members of the LGBTQ community.

They ultimately failed to convince a panel of lawmakers, made up of two Democrats and three Republicans, but could get more support as the bill moves through the Senate, in which Republicans have a two-to-one majority. READ MORE

AP News

April 21, 2021

S Carolina hate crime bill backers realize time running out

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of making South Carolina the next-to-last state in the U.S. to pass a hate crime law acknowledged Wednesday they are running out of time in this year’s legislative session.

House-passed bill was sent to the full Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday after Democratic senators asked their Republican colleagues on a subcommittee to hold off on their objections at least until the next step.

“This is going to be a difficult bill to get out of the Senate this year,” said Sen. Gerald Malloy, a Democrat from Hartsville.    READ MORE