Anti-hazing law named for Penn State student heads to governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- 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.

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Most serious charges dismissed in Penn State frat death. Jim Gardner reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on August 24, 2018.

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.

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Watch the full statement from Tim Piazza's father following the announcement of new charges in the case.

He died in February 2017 after a night of drinking and hazing at now-closed Beta Theta Pi.
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