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Hate crime penalty bill dies in House

Hate crime penalty bill dies in House

A bill that would have allowed for heavier for penalties for hate crimes failed an introductory vote this week in the Wyoming House of Representatives. The bill would have required additional time for those whose violent felonies "in whole or in substantial part because of the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin." The bill would have required judges impose an additional 25 percent of time for incarceration of the original sentence imposed by the court. The bill needed a 2/3 vote to even begin the discussion process. It failed on Thursday with a 10-49 vote . The only Fremont County Representative to vote in favor of the bill was Rep. Jim Allen, the Republican who represents the Wind River Indian Reservation. Hate crime laws became a hot topic last summer statewide following the shooting at the Center of Hope, an alcohol detoxification center, in Riverton. The shooter, who killed one and nearly another, claimed he was after vagrants and not Native Americans, despite both of the victims being Native. #county10 #news