HB 0335 has passed its first test in the Criminal Practice and Procedure subcommittee and will now move to the full House Judiciary Committee next week. I stopped by Legislative Plaza today and waited as the calendar got juggled. About 15 minutes after I left, the bill came up and I watched online as Rep. Jeanne Richardson got up, introduced the bill, followed by a quick and favorable vote. This is a small but solid victory for a great bill. Even an issue that has trouble gaining traction can move if the preparation is right and it certainly was today.
A big thanks to Rep. Jeanne Richardson for taking on the issue of hate crimes. I'm looking forward to more discussion of the issue in the coming weeks.