INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following comments after reading President Pro Tem Rodric Bray’s statement to the press regarding bias crimes legislation:

“I just learned that Senator Bray will be assigning all bias crimes proposals to the Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure. I am unsure how this decision came about due to the nature of the bill which would normally place it in the Judiciary Committee. However, I encourage Sen. Bray to ensure that unlike many other bills that historically meet their end in this committee, bias crimes proposals will in fact be given a hearing and be debated properly. I also hope that Sen. Bray and his colleagues on the committee will regard the input of both parties rather than solely make decisions within their own caucus as his statement to the press presumed. Allowing Indiana to join the 45 other states with a meaningful bias crimes law isn’t a partisan decision; it is an obvious one that can be made in a productive and bi-partisan manner. I also look forward to hearing input on State Senator Greg Taylor’s bias crimes proposal that would provide an enhancement to a criminal sentence if the crime was motivated by a bias.”