Unlawful hazing; amends definition, penalty. (SB440)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Unlawful hazing; penalty. Amends the definition of hazing to include the reckless or intentional act of causing another person to suffer severe emotional distress through outrageous or intolerable conduct when the severe emotional distress was caused by the outrageous or intolerable conduct. The bill also makes the crime of hazing a Class 5 felony if such hazing results in death or serious bodily injury to any person. The crime of hazing that does not result in death or serious bodily injury remains a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides immunity for arrest and prosecution for hazing if a person in good faith seeks or obtains emergency medical attention for a person who has received a bodily injury by hazing or renders emergency care or assistance, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), to a person who has received a bodily injury by hazing while another person seeks or obtains emergency medical attention for such person. The bill also creates a civil penalty for certain organizations if such organization had specific credible knowledge that its student members were participating, aiding, or assisting in any act of hazing and did not attempt to intervene to stop the hazing or report it to the appropriate local authorities. Read the Bill »

Status

01/11/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee

History

DateAction
01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103985D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/14/2022Impact statement from VCSC (SB440)

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