Hate crime bill passes Connecticut State Senate

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut will soon adopt a bill that gives the state a tough stance on hate crimes.

The Connecticut State Senate overwhelmingly approved one of the strongest hate crimes laws in the nation on Tuesday.

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The goal of the new law is to increase protections for minorities and to hold offenders accountable for their actions. Under the current law, a “first degree” hate crime in Connecticut is considered a felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000.

Supporters say the bill was drafted in response to a recent spike in threats and assaults directed towards minorities, women and members of some religious communities.

The bill now heads to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.