Senate approves harsher hazing penalties
Lauren Book would like to remove the religious exemption from vaccinations.

Lauren Book
Immunity would apply to those reporting the crime.

On Tuesday, the Florida Senate approved legislation that would allow prosecution of fraternity and sorority members involved in hazing.

SB 1080, sponsored by Plantation Democrat Sen. Lauren Book, would ramp up penalties for the controversial initiation practice. The bill passed 36-0.

Third degree felony charges would apply to those involved in hazing, including the planning of the act, when it results in permanent injury to the victim. Planning the act without such injury having been incurred could mean first degree misdemeanor charges.

Prosecution immunity applies to those present if they reported the medical incident and gave their identities while doing so, or if they rendered aid.

The House version is on the Calendar already.

The bill was inspired by the death of a Florida State student who was coerced into binge drinking whiskey.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

One comment

  • Jan

    April 23, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I see Democrat State Senator Lauren Book doing many great things for youngsters and have noticed her bi-partisan support on almost every bill she has sponsored. This is the way government should work, for the benefit of the people. Even though I am a Republican, I would certainly vote for her if I lived in her district–thank you Lauren for the great work you are doing for our children in this state.

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