Nevada Governor Expected To Sign Trans-Inclusive Hate Crime Bill

Nevada may be close to passing trans-inclusive hate crime legislation. A bill is currently heading to the desk of Governor Brian Sandoval's would add crimes based on a person's gender identity and expression to the state's hate crime laws after the state assembly passed it 30 to 11 on Tuesday.

'"This does not afford victims special rights," openly gay Assemblyman Andrew Martin said Tuesday according to the Associated Press. "This is a statement of what our society is, and that we will not tolerate the systematic targeting of individuals who are historically disadvantaged groups."'

People who commit hate crimes would be subject to penalties for the actual crime committed, in addition to motivation based on their bias, according to the article."