- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a bill that will extend Nebraska’s ban on hazing to high school, middle school and elementary school students.

The measure approved Wednesday also adds new forms of harassment and sexual assault to the legal definition of hazing. State law previously imposed a ban on hazing by college students.

Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango has said he introduced the bill in response to a hazing incident involving the Cambridge High School wrestling team in his district. The students were punished, but authorities say Nebraska’s law didn’t allow them to pursue charges.

The law defines hazing as a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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The bill is LB710

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