The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 27-21 Tuesday for the bill. It now heads to the Republican-majority House, where its future is unclear. The bill must be voted out of a full committee by Friday to meet a legislative deadline for the session.
The bill would make it a hate crime if an offense is committed against a person because of the person’s gender identity or gender expression. Sen. Matt McCoy, a Des Moines Democrat, says the bill would add protections to a marginalized group.
Data show more than 15 states have included gender identity in their hate crime laws.
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