INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, Senate Bill (SB) 439, a proposal that would have instituted the state’s first hate crimes law, effectively died because the Senate failed to consider the proposal before the second reading deadline. State Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) released the following statement in regards to SB 439’s lack of progression:

“I was disappointed from the beginning that it couldn’t be called by its rightful name: a hate crimes bill.

“Sen. Glick, member of the Republican majority, did her very best to try to give meaning to this issue.

“In the last 24 hours, we have witnessed two separate incidences in Indianapolis – a bomb threat at a Jewish Community Center and a threat of an attack at an LGBT establishment – that provide even more evidence of hate and bias affecting citizens across the state and country.

“Hate crimes, bias crimes, whatever the name, it is time that we become the 46th state in the Union to address this issue.”