JUNEAU, Alaska - An attempt by Alaska's politicians to make hazing a crime has taken another step forward.
Two bills in the legislature that address hazing were heard on Wednesday. The Senate Education Committee advanced its version, SB91, out of committee, while the House Education Committee held HB189.
Each measure defines hazing as knowingly engaging "in an act or causes a situation that subjects a student to a substantial risk of physical injury" in order to join an organization operating in connection with a school.
Both bills struck a provision that would have made hazing a felony if it resulted in death - some argued a felony is too strong a punishment for the crime. If someone did die from a hazing-related incident, a person could be charged with felony manslaughter or murder.