An update on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which passed the House on April 29 by 249-175. Last week Rod 2.0 reported Attorney General Eric Holder was called to testify on the hate crimes bill. That testimony is happening now in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld (@kerryeleveld) is Tweeting from the hearings. Eleveld Tweets: "AG Eric Holder testifies: The President and I both urge swift passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. This is a bill that is designed to prosecute and hold people accountable for conduct, not infringe on speech."
Alabama's conservative, anti-gay Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions requested the hearing and is apparently says the bill is unnecessary. Eleveld Tweets: "The US Civil Rights Commission does not support this legislation, its 'overly broad,' will yield 'double prosecutions'."
Although dozens of state attorneys generals and numerous local ppolice departments and sheriffs support the bill, a plurality of the Bush-era, conservative dominated Civil Rights Commission does not.