Hate Crime bill fails to pass S.C. Senate

South Carolina is just one of two states that does not have a hate crime on the books

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — South Carolina remains one of just two states without a hate crime law.

The Clementa Pinckney hate crime bill failed to pass the senate this session.

The bill which was named after a pastor and state Senator that was killed by a white supremacist in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in 2015, would add criminal charges to offences proven to be motivated by hate.

Those include a victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or other traits.

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