Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has officially signed a new hate crime bill into law.
The Georgia Senate and subsequently the House approved the hate crime legislation on Tuesday.
Until the governor signed the bill, Georgia was one of four states without hate crime legislation.
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The new law requires additional penalties and sentences for any crime motivated by a victim’s race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
“Under this Gold Dome there are plenty of disagreements and division, but today we stand together as Republicans and Democrats, Black and white, male and female, from rural and urban and suburban communities to affirm a powerful but simple motto: Georgia is a state too great to hate,” Kemp said after signing the bill.