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Nevada governor signs transgender hate crimes bill

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Crimes that target transgender person because of their sexual identity now carry an extra penalty in Nevada.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed SB139 into law Tuesday. The new law adds a person’s “gender identity or expression” to the list of motivating factors interpreted as a hate crime.

Defendants face the penalties for the actual crime committed, and up to an additional 20 years in prison because the motivation.

“This does not afford victims special rights,” Assemblyman Andrew Martin (D-Las Vegas), who is openly gay, said earlier this month, when the bill passed in the Assembly.

“This is a statement of what our society is, and that we will not tolerate the systematic targeting of individuals who are historically disadvantaged groups,” he said.

The bill breezed through the Senate with only one vote of opposition, and it passed the Assembly 30-11.

Democratic Sen. Pat Spearman of North Las Vegas was the primary sponsor of the legislation.

“Whenever we find that there are a group of people among us that – for some reason – are more vulnerable, we protect them,” said Spearman. “That’s what we do.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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12 more reader comments:

  1. :poop:

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:37am
  2. Glad my new state did something right.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:46am
  3. Thank You Govenor.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 1:24am
  4. Why do we need extra laws based on what you are thinking when you commit the crime? Isn’t it already a crime to assault transgendered people?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 3:20am
  5. Because when someone commits a hate crime like this they are not simply assaulting someone they are often sending a message to the person and their community in order to instill fear. Terrorism even when not politically motivated should still have a higher penalty than a standard crime

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:12am
  6. Yes!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:15am
  7. Keep Moving Towards the Light,
    Away from the Dark Ages.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:21am
  8. Because dark age bigotry needs to stop.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:22am
  9. And Nevada moves forward into the 21st Century! Thanks Governor and everyone involved!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:25am
  10. Woohoo!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:06am
  11. Yay!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:51am
  12. “Because dark age bigotry needs to stop.”

    The fact that people beat other people for any reason is an ancient evil that needs to stop. We need to stop violence. I’m not worried about bigotry if there’s no violence.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 2:39pm