WFSU News · Tallahassee · Panama City · Thomasville
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
State News

The Controversy Over Hate Crimes Legislation


By Gina Jordan

Tallahassee, Fl – The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act is attached to a massive defense bill that is still in negotiations in Congress. A vote is expected after Labor Day. Most individual states already have laws regarding hate crimes, including Florida. Now there is a push to have homeless people added to the list of those needing special protections. Gina Jordan has more about the law and why it's controversial.