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Tue Feb 23, 2021, 05:55 AM

South Carolina business leaders want a hate crimes bill this year

Business groups pushed for the passage of a hate crimes bill this session and announced a social media campaign to promote such a bill in a press conference Monday afternoon.

"I think everyone on the call that is watching can clearly see that the business community is firmly behind passage of legislation," Swati Patel, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's interim CEO, said. "And that we want to see it done this year."

Leaders from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Walmart, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Duke Energy, UPS, IBM and AARP also spoke to promote H.3620, and another 30 businesses joined the press conference in support.

Business leaders say passage of a hate crimes bill is important to support a diverse workforce and to show that South Carolina is a place of inclusion and equity.

Read more: https://www.independentmail.com/story/news/health/2021/02/22/south-carolina-business-leaders-want-hate-crimes-bill-2021/4506912001/
(Anderson Independent Mail)

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