Calif. Assembly Passes Anti-Hazing Law

Published: June 27, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Assembly Public Safety Committee has approved Senate Bill (SB)1454, which is anti-hazing legislation.

The bill was approved on a 6-0 vote June 20. If passed by the Legislature, it would move hazing law into the penal code and increase penalties to felony level if an incident results in serious injury or death. It would also give prosecutors clear authority to bring charges against any person or any organization involved in the hazing, not just currently enrolled students.

SB 1454 passed the state Senate in a 34-2 vote on May 30. Supporters call it “Matt’s Law” because it is named after Matt Carrington, a 21-year-old California State University, Chico student who died in a February 2005 hazing incident.

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