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Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — The state’s “hate crime bill” could still be legislated in South Carolina in 2021.
On Tuesday afternoon, the entire Senate Judiciary Committee cast a 13-10 vote and sent a revised version of the Hate Climb Bill to the Senate floor.
The chances of the bill becoming a bill are small, as the legislative session has only five days left.
The bill will increase penalties for violent crimes fueled by hatred. Protection includes race, color, religion, gender, gender, country of origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
South Carolina is currently one of two states that do not have a “hate crime law” in their books. The Governor of Arkansas signed the bill in April.
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Critics said they were concerned that the bill would criminalize freedom of speech in the state.
The bill received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and received 79-29 votes in April.
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