The bill was passed in the House, but is likely to change before heading to the Senate floor for a vote.
Lawmakers wrapped up the first half of the 2016 session this week, sending dozens of bills from one house to the other.
House Democrats are looking for ways to work the issue into another bill.
Indiana is one of only five states without a hate crimes law.
The bills give pharmacists a bigger role in helping stem the state’s meth cooking crisis.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers and LGBT advocates agree that the LGBT rights debate won’t end.
Lawmakers and advocacy groups were expecting a public debate in the Senate Tuesday.
Senate Republicans’ attempt at balancing gay rights with religious freedom took its first step in the legislative process this week.
The bill that passed is slightly different because of approved amendments.
Democrats on Ways and Means opposed the cut, saying it will weaken state revenues and won’t really help low-income Hoosiers.