Pittsburgh state lawmakers to introduce tougher hate crimes law. Will they pass this time?


In October 2019, a year after Robert Bowers allegedly went on a hate-fueled, killing spree at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, the security director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh told the Capital-Star that he couldn’t turn a blind eye to any sign of hate, the price was too dear. Days later, with much fanfare, lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, surrounded by stakeholders from a constellation of advocacy groups, would roll out a hate crimes bill, saying they hoped for swift action on the legislation.…