Louisiana to toughen hazing penalties after student's death

Louisiana to toughen hazing penalties after student's death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hazing that kills someone will soon be a felony crime in Louisiana as a proposal to strengthen the penalty awaits the governor's signature.

House lawmakers sent Rep. Nancy Landry's bill to the governor Wednesday night with an 88-1 vote.

The Republican's proposal would make hazing that kills someone punishable by up to five years in prison. Organizations that knowingly allow hazing could also face a fine of up to $10,000 under the bill.

Landry's proposal is supported by the parents of a Louisiana State University freshman who died after a hazing ritual last year.

Separately, the House voted 88-1 to give final passage to a proposal requiring that fraternities report hazing to schools.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards supports both bills.

House Bills 78 and 793: www.legis.la.gov

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