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Nevada Assembly Committee Approves Bill to Add Gender Identity to State Hate Crime Law

Nevada hate crime lawPost submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director

Just moments ago, the Nevada State Assembly Judiciary committee passed SB139, legislation that would add gender identity or expression to the state hate crime law. You may recall that similar legislation passed in the state assembly in 2011, but failed, 10-11, with the deciding vote made by then-Senator John Lee, who joined the Republican majority.
In the 2012 primary election, openly lesbian candidate Pat Spearman defeated Senator Lee. Adding gender identity and expression to thestate’s hate crimes bill became one of the Senator’s first order of business. SB139 passed easily out of the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections committee, the committee she chairs, and the full senate, with all but one senator, who later said he would have voted in the affirmative, after speaking with Senator Spearman.

This legislation would provide real protections to every day Nevadans. Now is the time to make sure your legislators know that SB139 is important. Make sure you contact your state assembly members and Governor Sandoval, urging them to support SB139 when it comes to a vote. Click here to send a letter to your Nevada state legislators.

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