State Lawmaker Sponsoring Bill Denouncing Hate Groups

Aug 18, 2017

State Representative David Leland
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Democratic state lawmakers are supporting a new bill officially denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Democratic Representative David Leland’s bill would recognize white nationalists, neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups as terrorist organizations. And it would direct police to track those groups, as they do other similar ones.


“These people are terrorists and we need to treat them as such and we need to call them out.”


Democrats will need help from majority Republicans to pass this legislation. There’s no word yet on whether they will do that. But in a written statement, Rob Secour of the Ohio Republican Party says white supremacy has no place in our country. He quoted President Trump saying,”it is time to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection for each other.”