Missouri’s junior senator says he voted against hate crimes legislation because of his concerns about the bill’s language about speech. Senator Josh Hawley tells Missourinet that Great Britain has similar speech laws:
Senator Hawley says that as a First Amendment lawyer, he is a free speech absolutist. The Senate approved the bill in April, by a 94-1 vote. Senator Hawley cast the no vote. Bill supporters say the legislation is needed to address the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.