Democratic members of the General Assembly on Thursday introduced a bill that would strengthen penalties against those who commit hate crimes.
Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney noted that Connecticut already strong laws against hate crimes. "The proposal this year will make Connecticut a national leader in the fight against these despicable acts and serve as a model for other states,'' said Looney, D-New Haven.
At a press conference at the legislative office building, Looney and other Democrats were joined by leaders from the African American, Muslim, Jewish and LBGT communities to support House Bill 5473.
"No one should be targeted, threatened,...