Hate Crimes

Hate crime bill passes first reading

South Carolina’s hate crime legislation is one step closer to becoming law. Wednesday afternoon, the measure known as the Clementa Pinckney Bill passed its first reading in the House. The bill’s sponsors say it will send a clear message that hate is not tolerated in South Carolina.

Hate crime legislation making way through SC Senate

Hate Crime legislation continues to make its way through the South Carolina Senate

After passing in the House, hate crime legislation is now making its way through the South Carolina Senate. Wednesday morning, a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee heard testimony from various organizations and the business community in favor of passing the bill that would create harsher penalties for crimes based on race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.