Hazing News

Note from Debbie Smith re Matt’s Law

Hi Everyone

Tomorrow Matt’s Law will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee at 9am in Room 4202, along with between 200 and 400 other bills, this will make for a very long day but well worth it if we can get the results we need.  So wear you red, and your Matt badges if you have them, tomorrow in support and I will let you know how it turns out.

If all goes well our bill will go on suspense for a week then move onto the Assembly Floor where we will need a majority vote to send it to the Governor’s desk.

Things are looking good but there is still work to be done.  If you haven’t already please start writing your letters to the remaining Assembly Members that are not on either of the Committees that have or will be hearing the bill tomorrow.  There are 58 Members left after tomorrow that will not have voted on Matt’s Law yet.  So disregard any names on the Assembly Public Safety or Appropriations, unless of course someone on Appropriations votes against it tomorrow then we will write that person again.

All names and addresses can be found on Matt’s site, clicking on Matt’s Law then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Your Legislature everything you need can be found within this link.

If you could write to the Assembly Speaker And your representatives that would be great if you can write to more that would be even better.  But if possible try to write at least one letter.

Assembly Speaker
Fabio Nunez
State Capitol
PO Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0046

I have got to run, thank you so much for your support I will let know what happens at the hearing tomorrow.

“Hug your children and tell them you love them everyday.”

Debbie, MM

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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