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.
"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.