by Jeremy Hsieh
The Associated Press
Monday, March 8, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- State senators will consider a bill Monday to make hatred, bias and prejudice an aggravating factor in crimes committed in Alaska.
Anchorage Sen. Bettye Davis, a Democrat, is the sponsor.
The hate crimes bill follows a failed attempt in Anchorage last year to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
College students with the Gay-Straight Alliance have also unsuccessfully sought a similar policy update of the University of Alaska's nondiscrimination policies.