During a week of consecutive mass shootings in the U.S., a student from a private Columbia high school was expelled following a video showing him saying racial slurs and shooting firearms at targets he called racial epitaphs.
These incidents prompted Rep. Seth Rose, D-Columbia, and other legislative leaders to call for the passage of a Hate Crimes bill in South Carolina. The state is one of only five in the U.S. without ANY type of hate crime law on the books. The other four are Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana and Wyoming.
Rose is a co-sponsor of H3063, a bill whose primary sponsor is Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, which passed a subcommittee in May. It now sits before the House Judiciary Committee. Rose said he supports adding other categories to the legislation, and believes it's beyond time for S.C. to pass this ball. "The fact there are only five states without this type of law tells me we need it to pass this next year," Rose said.
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