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The Controversy Over Hate Crimes Legislation

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By Gina Jordan

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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.