Some of you may remember me writing about an old coworker, Matt Carrington, who was involved in an unfortunate hazing incident at Chico State early last year. (LJ Refresh)
As you can read below, a new state senate bill is in the works that would toughen existing state hazing law, essentially no longer limiting punishments for just students, but non-students. It will also migrate existing code from the educational code to state penal code, with further stipulations in regards to death or major injury by means of charging the crime with a felony.
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Date: Mar 30, 2006 8:17 AM
Dear friends, aquaintances, fellow workers, past workers, and anyone else that I may have forgotten,
I would like to request YOUR help on behalf of my friend Matt Carrington who died last year at a fraternity house up in Chico. Matt's family has initiated a new law to be passed through the State Legislature this year, a process which will take several months going through several hearings. Labeled "SB 1454", Matt's Law will create harsher punishments for those who preside over hazing events that lead into the psychological or even fatal consequences the receiving party may endure. (For more info. please visit www.leginfo.ca.gov and look up the bill under it's number, or drop me a line and I will email you a copy.)
How can you help? Right now Matt's family, friends, and family supporters are encouraging everyone they know to send in letters to the state senator of their region in California. Should you not know the senator of your region, sending the letter to Senator Tom Torlakson (the senator who has adapted this bill) would be just as powerful. (Edit: Find and/or email your state senator here)
Senator Tom Torlakson
State Capitol, Room 4032
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 445-2527
Sample letters can be found at Matt's website, www.WeMissYouMatt.com, or if you send me your email address I can also forward the letters to you. We are not asking for a lengthy letter, anything you can send in favor of the new law is appreciated. If all goes well, the law could take effect as early as January 1, 2007!!!!! Thank you in advance for your help should you decide to implement it.