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US News

February 22, 2021

South Carolina Companies to Lawmakers: Pass Hate Crimes Bill


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 100 businesses in South Carolina announced Monday they want the state to join 47 other states across the U.S. and pass a hate crime law.

The proposal to allow harsher penalties for killings, assaults, stalking, vandalism and other crimes motivated by hatred for someone's race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or disability has not come up for a hearing six weeks into the General Assembly's session.

So the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce got leaders of some of the state's largest employers —- Walmart, IBM, UPS, Duke Energy, pharmaceutical maker Nephron — to talk to reporters on a virtual call. READ MORE

Greenville News

February 22, 2021

South Carolina business leaders want a hate crimes bill this year


GREENVILLE- Business groups pushed for the passage of a hate crimes bill this session and announced a social media campaign to promote such a bill in a press conference Monday afternoon.

"I think everyone on the call that is watching can clearly see that the business community is firmly behind passage of legislation," Swati Patel, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's interim CEO, said. "And that we want to see it done this year."

Leaders from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Walmart, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Duke Energy, UPS, IBM and AARP also spoke to promote H.3620, and another 30 businesses joined the press conference in support. READ MORE

The State

February 22, 2021

Months since Floyd’s death, Walmart and other companies push for SC hate crime law

COLUMBIA, S.C.- Corporate heavyweights companies are throwing their support behind hate crime legislation, asking the South Carolina Legislature to pass the measure more than eight months after the death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests over the unequal treatment of Black men and women.

South Carolina is one of three states — and the only state among its neighboring states — without a hate crime law that would stiffen penalties for crimes targeting people because of their religion, race or sexuality. Right now, state prosecutors have to rely on the federal government to prosecute cases under the government’s hate crime laws. READ MORE

The Post and Courier 

January 12, 2021

Influential Business Group Gets Behind SC Hate Crimes Bill, Boosts Chances of Passage


COLUMBIA — One of South Carolina’s most influential business advocacy groups has decided to throw its support behind a hate crimes bill heading into the 2021 legislative session, a move that could help push the years-long effort across the finish line.

S.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO Ted Pitts told The Post and Courier the organization will actively back efforts to pass a hate crimes bill next year in hopes of ending South Carolina’s status as one of only three states without such a law on the books — a statistic that he said businesses may consider when choosing where to locate. READ MORE



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