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Wyoming hazing bill fails in Senate

Here is an excerpt from the Boomergang article:  Senate kills hazing bill

By Karla Pomeroy
Boomerang Staff Writer

Surprised and disappointed is how Rep. Jane Warren, D-Laramie, described her reaction to her hazing bill (HB 54) going down in defeat at the hands of the Senate on Feb. 8.

She said the bill went through the House with little resistance, and she did not hear about any concerns as the bill went to the Senate. While she wasn’t on the Senate floor to hear the debate, Warren said she understands a senator made the comment that “we really don’t need to do this” and the idea snowballed. The Senate narrowly defeated it on Committee of the Whole, 13 to 15, with two senators excused.

Warren said she heard on the news a few days later about a hazing event in another state and said it’s disappointing the bill did not pass, adding that sometimes there has to be a local event in order to get something done. She said she was trying to be proactive with the hazing prohibition bill. She said it was also disappointing since university students helped work on the bill.

Warren, on recess from the Legislature on Monday for President’s Day, said in a telephone interview that if she decides to bring the bill back in a future session, she will first talk to the senators who voted against the bill and find out what their concerns were about the legislation.

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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