The SC Chamber is spearheading efforts to support the passage of a hate crimes bill in South Carolina.
A hate crimes bill, if enacted, will create an enhanced criminal penalty for a crime motivated by hate of a victim based on race, ethnicity, religion, or other immutable characteristic.
South Carolina is one of only three states without a state hate crimes law. The two other states are Arkansas and Wyoming, and efforts are underway there to pass legislation with support from the business community.
In August, the SC Chamber Board voted to support passage and advocacy of this legislation after learning that Georgia’s state chamber successfully led efforts to pass a hate crimes bill in Georgia in June 2020. The Georgia state chamber’s efforts included a letter of support campaign signed by dozens of companies supporting initially (and eventually hundreds) and public awareness of the issue. The letter was a major factor in creating strong bi-partisan support for the bill.