Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate:
After years and years of trying and failing, Utah finally has a working hate crimes law. In a public ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 103 into law.
“I think with the passage of Senate Bill 103, we are sending a message that everybody, every person, every individual in our society is worthy of dignity, respect and love,” the governor said. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he was frustrated that in many cases he could not pursue hate crimes laws.
While he cannot go back and amend active cases to include the new law, Gill said prosecutors would use SB103 when appropriate. “We can’t go back but we can certainly look to a better day and a better future,” he said.
— Glen Mills (@GlenMillsABC4) April 2, 2019
“What an incredible accomplishment for my first session!” @derekkitchen says.
— Ben Winslow (@BenWinslow) April 2, 2019
#SB103 has been signed. Hate crimes and targeting will now face enhanced penalties if committed in the State of Utah. @GovHerbert says he hopes this legislation helps us all to love each other. pic.twitter.com/pfzXGZSa5A
— Alex Cabrero (@KSL_AlexCabrero) April 2, 2019
A great day for Utah! @GovHerbert signs #SB103 as the state takes a bold stand against hate crimes. Thank you Governor, @SpencerJCox @SenThatcher @LeePerryUT @JStuartAdams @cliffordrosky @SimGillDA @willfullyignore, the #UTLeg & so many more! #utpol pic.twitter.com/AIp6BIbMg9
— Equality Utah (@EqualityUtah) April 2, 2019