Hate crime penalty bill dies in House

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) — 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. #dally #news