Stamp Out Hate SC is profoundly disappointed that the Senate opted not to debate and vote upon H.3620, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney Hate Crimes Act, this legislative session. After successfully passing the House and being reported on favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2021, the hate crimes bill sat untouched in the Senate for the duration of the 2022 session, due to the objections of five Upstate Senators.
Most disheartening about this failure to take common sense action against hate is that it ignores the will of South Carolinians. In an unprecedented coalition, non-profits, businesses, our State Chambers of Commerce, and diverse faith communities came together in common cause to advance this hate crimes legislation, advancing this legislation further than in any previous attempt.
Though H.3620 is now dead in its current form, we will work again with legislators and community leaders to reintroduce similar legislation in the next session. We applaud the House for taking action to combat hate in South Carolina. We also thank the Senators who bravely took the well at every opportunity to urge their colleagues to take up this important issue.
We stand committed to Stamping Out Hate across our state so that all South Carolinians are safe to be who they are.