Three anti-hazing bills are on their way to the governor’s
desk following last fall’s death of LSU freshman Max Gruver. The house voted 88
to 1 in favor of final passage of house bill 78 otherwise known as the Max
Gruver Act. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore testified in
favor of the measure to give the current laws more teeth.
“We are just excited about the opportunity to meet with the
governor and have the governor sign the bill into law, I think it’s one that is
really necessary and I think this stature is really comprehensive and is going
to set Louisiana up as the top standard in the nation for hazing violations.”
Moore says a companion bill to force mandatory education for
university fraternities and sororities should help stop dangerous hazing.
“Hopefully it will be an educational tool that we can use to
educate students and university people.”
Moore contends that the new law holds principals at the
national level accountable for problems at the chapters.
“Part of this bill subjects the principles of fraternities either
locally and nationally if they knew about this and took no action or covered it
In the new bill, hazing that does not result in a death will
still cost one thousand dollars and six months in jail.