Some homeless advocates are voicing support for legislation that would classify violence against homeless people as a hate crime. Supporters of the idea say the issue has taken on new urgency following the recent brutal murders of Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson as they slept in a lot in Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness is the latest group to come out in support of enhanced sentences for those who attack homeless people. Other supporters include Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño and state Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto.
Hundreds of state lawmakers and business leaders are gathering in the Phoenix area today for a policy summit. The American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, invites private sector representatives to present model legislation. But as Devin Browne from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, critics say this is lobbying, and should be more transparent.