A state representative from metro Atlanta is spearheading a bill that would create hate crime legislation in Georgia.
Meagan Hanson, a Republican from Brookhaven, announced the bill this morning at the state capitol.
“With this legislation, Georgia will join the vast majority of states in this country prosecuting crimes motivated by hate with the intent to threaten groups of our citizens with the gravity and attention they deserve,” Hanson said during a press conference at the state capitol.
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Georgia is one of five states without a hate crime law.
Last year, only six police agencies statewide reported a hate crime.
Allison Padilla-Goodman is the Southeast director of the Anti-Defamation League, which is supporting the bill.
She says the legislation will help large numbers of people marginalized Georgians.
“Hate crimes are felt by entire communities,” Padilla-Goodman said. “When they are not adequately addressed, (those) communities feel isolated, disenfranchised unsafe and threatened.”
The legislation is receiving support from the Anti-Defamation League, the Atlanta Jewish Committee, and the NAACP.
A detailed version of the bill will be released later today.