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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 3:10 pm

Paddock to discuss possible hate crimes law

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock will hold a public input session Tuesday regarding a possible state hate crimes law. 

"It is my intention to ask the general public to come forward and offer their thoughts about hate crimes legislation. I am also asking some community leaders, who have expressed interest in this issue, to testify as well," Paddock, D-5th, said in a statement Monday. 

Indiana is one of five states that does not currently have a hate crimes law on the books, Paddock said, noting that Gov. Eric Holcomb has said he would support a hate crimes law if passed by the General Assembly. 

"I think it is important the citizens of Fort Wayne support this effort. I am also contacting my colleagues on City Council to see if we can get the necessary votes to pass a resolution urging the General Assembly to act on Gov. Holcomb's request," Paddock said, noting he does not know whether a majority of council members would support such a resolution. 

Tuesday's meeting will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the City Council discussion room at Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St. 

dgong@jg.net