Gov. Wolf to sign anti-hazing bill spurred by Penn State frat death

It's a rewrite of Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law.

Tony Romeo
October 15, 2018 - 7:43 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  —  Legislation prompted by the hazing death of a Penn State student is on its way to Governor Tom Wolf.

The governor is praising the bill, which he says he will sign. 

The bill, given final approval by the Senate late Monday afternoon, is sponsored by Republican Jake Corman, the Senate majority leader whose district includes the university. The bill is named for Timothy Piazza, the Penn State student who died in a hazing ritual and whose parents have lobbied tirelessly for the legislation. 

“Their courage to be able to come forward and try to be constructive in a way, again, to prevent other parents from going what they went through is heroic in my mind,” Corman said. 

Corman says the bill is a comprehensive rewrite of Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law, which will, for the first time, give prosecutors flexibility to match an incident of hazing with an appropriate level of charging offense ranging from a summary offense to a felony.

Schools will also be required to have policies and reporting procedures to curb hazing.