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In His Final "State Of The City" Address, Buttigieg Talks About Need For IN Hate Crimes Law

Tony Krabill/WVPE

(SOUTH BEND) - In his final "State of the City" address Tuesday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg expressed his conviction that the State of Indiana should adopt what he calls meaningful hate crimes legislation.

"The South Bend Common Council has expressed its support, as has Governor Holcomb; and yet the state assembly has been unable to deliver. Our community stands strong in the belief that this year should be Indiana's last as one of just five states in the union without such a law at a time like this," Buttigieg said. 

Last month, the Republican-led Indiana Senate passed a bill that stripped a list of characteristics from proposed hate crimes legislation. The bill now awaits action in the Indiana House. 

"You know, South Bend as a whole through the council has expressed our views and I was pleased to see our Republican Governor stepping up to join forces across the aisle to say this has to get done. It's disappointing to see that the General Assembly has failed to deliver up until now. But it's not too late and I hope they find a way to do the right thing," Buttigieg added. 

Buttigieg returned to Indiana for the "State of the City" address after appearing in a CNN town hall at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend. The 37-year-old Democrat is exploring a presidential run. 

Additional comments from South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on IN hate crimes law

Tony has become WVPE's program director, after working as operations manager since 2014. He also produces Michiana Chronicles and works on other special programming and digital projects. He joined the station as All Things Considered host in 1997, hosted Morning Edition in 2000 and 2001, then returned to the ATC host chair from 2007 to 2016. One of his Morning Edition newscasts earned WVPE a Best Radio Newscast Award from the Associated Press in 2002. An Iowa native, Tony got his start in radio as a student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Va., and managed the radio station there for three years after graduating. He also worked in commercial and Christian radio prior to his time at WVPE. Tony lives in Goshen.