Legislators look to expand hate crimes’ definition to those based on gender or gender identity

Hate crimes are on the rise, members of the Broward County delegation learned Wednesday, but the law doesn’t recognize a category that’s becoming more common lately: Crimes based on gender or gender identity.

And delegation members say they want that fixed.

State Attorney Harold Pryor and Broward County Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott were among those who addressed the lawmakers Wednesday. The delegation is beginning to map out legislative priorities for the coming Session that starts March 7.

Sen. Rosalind Osgood said she’s going to be working with Pryor to work on a law that increases penalties for those who commit

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