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Bill to make penalties for hazing harsher passes House

Maxwell Gruver, 18, died in a hazing incident at LSU (Source: WAFB) Maxwell Gruver, 18, died in a hazing incident at LSU (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A proposal inspired by the death of LSU freshman, Max Gruver, cleared a major hurdle at the capitol Monday evening.

House lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, sending it to the Senate for debate there. Right now, hazing is a misdemeanor. The proposal makes it a felony, meaning harsher punishments, including up to 5 years behind bars for those convicted.

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“Our goal is to save lives,” said Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette. Landry, who is sponsoring the legislation, says the current penalties for hazing are “inadequate.”

Gruver’s parents were in the House chamber to watch the vote.

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