By CBSNewYork Team

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut is making progress in its fight to stop hate crimes.

A bill declaring racism as a public health crisis is now headed to Gov. Ned Lamont‘s desk.

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The Connecticut House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1 on Wednesday.

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Lawmakers say the measure takes several steps to address systemic racism in the state, including standardizing how race, ethnicity and language data are collected.

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On Tuesday, Lamont announced the formation of a state Hate Crimes Advisory Council.

CBSNewYork Team