Kentucky Senate OK’s bill to create crime to punish hazing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has voted to create a new crime to punish hazing with jail time. The measure responds to calls for action following the death of a university student. The bill would create a felony crime for hazing that results in the death or serious injury of a student. That would be punishable by up to five years in prison. Also, someone accused of recklessly engaging in hazing would face a misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to a year in jail. The bill won Senate passage on a 27-7 vote Thursday. The measure goes to the House next.