Gov. Sandoval Signs Transgender Hate Crimes Bill


UPDATE: Gov. Brian Sandoval signed SB139 into law on Tuesday morning. The bill passed through the Senate with only one vote of opposition, and prior to that it passed the Assembly 30-11 on May 14.

[The following article was originally published on May 14]

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.