Transgender protection bill moves forward in Legislature

CARSON CITY -- Crimes prompted because a person is transgender could be eligible for harsher penalties under a bill moving forward in the Nevada Legislature.

SB180 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 4-3 along party lines Thursday. It would add offenses based on one's "gender identity or expression" to a list of hate crimes that already includes crimes motivated by sexual orientation, and could tack one to 20 years of prison time to a sentence.

SB180 is sponsored by Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, and six other Democratic lawmakers.

The bill now heads for a vote on the Senate floor.