INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had the following response to the governor’s support of hate crimes language added to Senate Bill 198:

“I am disheartened to hear about the governor’s decision to endorse a meaningless “hate crimes” bill that does not get us off the list of states without a hate crimes law.

“I had misplaced my trust in our governor in thinking that he would do the right thing by Hoosiers. This is yet another example of how our governor is leading from behind.

“The process by which House Republicans added hate crimes language to Senate Bill 198 bypasses public input and once again shows how supermajorities breed complacency.

“Hoosiers deserve better and the Senate Democrats will continue to fight to ensure that Indiana passes a meaningful bias crimes bill that doesn’t leave any one out.”