Hatch to push hate crimes bill

Currently, the hate crimes law takes into account religion, race, color and national origin. The bill to expand the status was stalled by Republicans a year ago, and Hatch said he would try to get it to the Senate floor by September. The measure would also allow the federal government to assist local law enforcement agencies in their prosecution of hate crimes, and provide grants for training. As Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Hatch's support of the bill is crucial. And he said Tuesday he could support the bill with tweaking, including taking out references to gender, which he considers too broad a category. Hatch said sexual orientation should remain a part of the bill.