WATCH: Gov. Kemp signing Ga. Hate Crime Bill into law

WATCH: Gov. Kemp signing Ga. Hate Crime Bill into law
(Source: WALB)

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTVM) - House Bill 426, also known as Georgia’s hate crime bill, has passed through both the state Senate and House of Representatives and is now law after being signed by Governor Brian Kemp.

The law stiffens penalties and sentences when a defendant is convicted of a hate crime, meaning the victim was chosen specifically because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability or physical disability.

Georgia Representative Calvin Smyre, who co-sponsored the bill, says the first hate crime bill he and other lawmakers crafted was not passed because the Supreme Court said it was too vague. He adds that while this bill is not a cure-all, it is a step in the right direction.

Watch Gov. Kemp’s full press conference, including the signing of the bill, in the video below.

Posted by Governor Brian Kemp on Friday, June 26, 2020

After signing the bill, Gov. Kemp posted on Facebook, saying in part, “Georgia is a state too great to hate.”

Today, we all stood together as Georgians to affirm a simple but powerful motto: Georgia is a state too great to hate. #HB426

Posted by Governor Brian Kemp on Friday, June 26, 2020

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