DFL state lawmakers today unveiled a new bill that aims to improve how hate crimes are reported in Minnesota and would provide updated training for police.

“For a lot of people today, law enforcement may not sometimes be the easiest place to go, when it comes to reporting, but we want to be part and parcel of the effort of making sure that we address the rise of hate crimes in our state.”

Jaylani Hussein with the Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations. The new measure also updates hate-based property damage crimes to focus more on the perpetrators than on the identity of the victims, or property owners.