The push for a hate-crime law has also intensified after civil unrest broke out in Atlanta and other cities following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Officials in the northern DeKalb County city called on state lawmakers to “immediately adopt a broad and comprehensive hate crimes act” when they return to the legislative session next week.
Sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula, HB 426 would allow stiffer sentences for anyone convicted of targeting a victim based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability or physical disability.
Doraville’s resolution states it is “disappointing” that gender identity is not specifically referenced in the bill, but the city officials hope that category of people will still be protected under “gender.”
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