(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Attorney General Proposes Hate Crime Bills

Wants Several Proposals Defeated Last Session

November 15, 2018 - 1:13 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Attorney General Mark Herring has proposed a package of hate crime-related bills, and is also planning a series of roundtables to lobby for their passage.   Several of the bills were actually proposed for the last General Assembly session, but failed to gain passage.

Herring is proposing to have the Attorney General's office take over some hate crime prosecutions.  Herring argues in many cases, the incidents are multi-jurisdictional.  The Democrat also wants to broaden the difenition of a hate crime, to include gender identity and sexual orientation.  

Herring also is proposing restrictions on paramilitary activity, and he would give the right to jurisdictions to ban guns at permitted events.

The roundtable schedule is as follows:  Leesburg, November 27th, Alexandria, December 3rd, Richmond, December 4th, Charlottesville, December 5th, Norfolk, December 6th , Roanoke, December 19th.