Indiana governor aims to make hate crime bill top priority

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will push the state Legislature to pass a hate crime bill in 2019. Holcomb says the bill will allow stricter penalties for crimes motivated by factors such as race, religion, or sexual orientation. Holcomb says companies seeking to locate in Indiana note the state is one of only five that don’t have a hate crime law.

That was just one of the topics he spoke about Thursday at a luncheon sponsored by One Southern Indiana. Holcomb spoke in front of a packed crowd about a number of issues, including his legislative priorities and the opioid crisis.

He also spoke about things that could affect the economy such as the possibility of tolls on I-65. A $9.6 million study on the toll’s impact is due by Dec.1.

“I’ll withhold my judgement until I actually read every word of the study, that’s why we paid a pretty penny for it,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb also took the time to celebrate Republican Mike Braun’s win over Democrat Joe Donnelly.

He also backed a proposal to allow nurses with licenses in Kentucky to practice in Indiana, he also wants to duplicate this approach to licensing in other positions Indiana may have a shortage in.

Indiana’s 2019 General Assembly will begin in January.

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