Today's attempt by Rep Greg Porter to revive his hate crimes bill failed by a vote of 46 to 50. Rep Porter had added the language of his original bill as an amendment to Senate Bill 45.
I'm confident that Rep Porter won't let the issue die and will attempt to pass similar legislation next year. With SJR-7 failing to come out of committee, this was a tough year to ask Democrats to stick their necks out - again.
Here's hoping he'll have a better chance next time - that's a close vote... That not even half of the members would vote in favor just shows how crazy this is. This legislation was well crafted and deserved to be passed with bipartisan support. I'd be reluctant to be the legislator who has to explain voting in favor of hate.
[UPDATE]: Advance Indiana has a post about the hate crimes amendment that lists the who's-who of how the votes went down. Three Republicans voted in favor: Representatives Cleo Duncan, Amos Thomas and Jon Elrod. Five Democrats voted against: Representatives Dave Cheatham, Steve Stemler, Paul Robertson, Bill Cochran, and Robert Bischoff. Four other Democrats didn't vote.