HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Governor Tom Wolf says he will sign the “Timothy J. Piazza anti-hazing” bill passed by Pennsylvania lawmakers Monday night.
Named for a Penn State student who died in an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual at the now closed Beta Theta Pi fraternity nearly two years ago, the measure is being hailed as “the most comprehensive hazing bill in the country”.
Wolf, in a tweet said “Signing this law cannot undo this tragedy. But it will increase penalties for hazing and require schools to prevent hazing.”
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Jake Corman (R-Bellfonte), says “It allows, finally, prosecutors the flexibility to match up the action with the crime.”
The bill requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing and informs students and parents of what’s happening on campus.”