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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become law under legislation that has unanimously passed both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature.
The Senate gave final approval on Monday to a bill that was named after a Penn State student who consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered a series of lethal falls at a fraternity party nearly two years ago.
The office of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll sign the bill.
The legislation makes the most severe forms of hazing a felony, requires schools to maintain policies to combat hazing and allows confiscation of frat houses where hazing has occurred.
It’s named for Tim Piazza, a 19-year-old from Lebanon, New Jersey.
He died in February 2017 after a night of drinking and hazing at now-closed Beta Theta Pi.
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