Hate Crimes

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune

Bills at the 2019 Utah legislative session addressed hate crimes

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Amendments drastically alter a bill to ban conversion therapy in Utah, leading to the 

West Valley Republican Sen. Daniel Thatcher's SB103 would allow a judge to enhance the penalties someone faces for committing a crime if they target a victim based on any number of personal attributes including their race, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, gender identity or ethnicity. 

Salt Lake Tribune

A Utah hate crimes bill clears another hurdle, but its sponsor says he expects a fight on the senate floor. Lawmakers unveil a proposed ban so-called conversion therapy. And the Sandy City Council opens an investigation into the city's response to contaminated water.  At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune senior managing editor Matt Canham, reporter Taylor Stevens, and columnist George Pyle join KCPW's Roger McDonough to talk about the week's top stories.

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Utah State Senator Daniel Thatcher has been proposing the Victim Targeting Penalty bill for years now.

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Rep. Chris Stewart defends President Trump's comments on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying "journalists disappear" everywhere.  Also, activists are suing the state, after the Utah Legislature passes a medical marijuana law that replaces the ballot measure passed in the midterm elections. And with two years left in the mayoral term of Rep.-elect Ben McAdams, candidates come forward to convince Democratic delegates to make them Salt Lake County mayor.  

Deseret News

The latest attempt to strengthen Utah's hate crime laws at the State Legislature dies without even getting a hearing. Although science points to the burning of fossil fuels as a driver of climate change, Utah lawmakers refuse to acknowledge the concept. And Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who advocated for a reduction to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, failed to disclose that he owned land within the monument. 

University of Utah

From the University of Utah:

In a new study, University of Utah geographers sought to understand the factors fueling hate across space. Their findings paint a rather grim reality of America; hate is a national phenomenon, and more complicated than they imagined.

The researchers mapped the patterns of active hate groups in every U.S. county in the year 2014, and analyzed their potential socioeconomic and ideological drivers.

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Utah's religious leaders advocate for a bill that would enhance penalties for hate crimes. Utah House Republicans retaliate against Gov. Gary Herbert after disagreeing on the process of the 2017 Third Congressional District special election. And Rep. Chris Stewart pays a visit to the legislature to tell lawmakers that the real scandal in Washington isn’t Russian election meddling, but that intelligence agencies are choosing sides in politics.