Numerous incidents this past year have increased discussion over what constitutes a hate crime. Just about every minority community has endured violence throughout the world based upon this type of bias.
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Matthew 25:35-40 NIV: 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
We hit a major milestone for the legislative session this month – March 11 was the deadline to hear bills that were introduced in our chamber. At the close of business that day, we’d approved a little more than 450 of the approximately 1,050 measures that were originally filed for consideration at the beginning of session.
The seventh week of the legislative session often feels like the calm after the storm. Having passed the week six deadline for voting on bills introduced in our chamber, things quieted down a bit. The bills that were approved by the full House are in the process of being assigned to Senate committees for consideration, so by next week, things will really ramp up again.
During the first six weeks of the session, the Senate and House both focus on the bills introduced in their chambers. They’re introduced, and then the committee chairs decide which bills they’ll allow to be heard and voted on—that is the first step of narrowing down the bills that will actually make it all the way through the process. Bills that have been approved by the various committees then proceed to the full chamber for another round of votes.