Transgender Hate Crime Bill Passes Assembly


Legislation that adds “gender identity and expression” to Nevada’s current list of hate crimes law passed the State Assembly by a 30-11 margin on Tuesday.

SB139 says that Nevada will not tolerate crimes motivated by hatred of someone being a transgender person. Violators would be subject to the penalties for the actual crime committed and additional penalties because of the motivation.

Last month, SB139, sponsored by Sen. Pat Spearman, cleared the Senate and now heads to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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