- Associated Press - Saturday, June 10, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio state senators are reviewing the state’s anti-hazing statute amid concerns the law needs to be broadened.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Kevin Bacon, a Minerva Park Republican, tells the Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/2rEYfx9 ) he wants to revisit language that appears to restrict hazing prosecutions to the time of initiation into an organization. He says hazing doesn’t occur only when someone joins a group.

State Sen. Cecil Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat who serves on the committee, agrees the law should be reviewed.

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Their concerns follow the death earlier this year of a Penn State student who was seeking to join a fraternity and a hazing lawsuit filed against the University of Dayton.

The current hazing law classified as a fourth-degree misdemeanor hasn’t been changed since 1983.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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