INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has announced its support of bias/hate crime legislation. The chamber's board of directors voted in favor of the position at is fall board meeting this week.

Earlier this year, Governor Eric Holcomb called for the passage of a statewide hate crimes law after a Carmel synagogue was vandalized. Kevin Brinegar, chief executive officer of the Indiana Chamber, says the organization is pleased the governor is making the issue a priority.

"Having a meaningful bias crimes statute in Indiana is not only the right thing to do, it is also important to helping our employers recruit and retain talented employees," Brinegar said in a news release. "Indiana is a welcoming place and we need to enact every policy possible to convey that message to those outside our state. As we work to attract top talent from all over the U.S. and the world, individuals need to know that their friends and families will be safe from discrimination."

Indiana is currently one of five states that does not have a statewide hate crimes law. Brinegar says the Chamber will be "pushing for as broadly defined a law as possible." 

The Indiana Chamber Board of Directors includes more than 100 business leaders from throughout the state. In August, the presidents of more than 20 private colleges and universities throughout Indiana signed a letter addressed to Senate President Pro Tempore Rod Bray (R-37), calling for legislation addressing hate crimes.