Governor Wolf Signs Historic Anti-Hazing Legislation in Memory of Timothy Piazza

Earlier today, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 1090 into law as part of his ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania’s students. According to the Associated Press:

“Gov. Tom Wolf called it ‘long overdue’ as he put his signature on legislation to enact stricter criminal penalties and permit courts to order confiscation of frat houses where hazing has occurred.”

Also known as the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, the legislation was sparked by the tragic death of Piazza, then a sophomore at Penn State, in early 2017 due to hazing. After unanimously passing both houses of the state legislature, “Tim’s Law” was sent to the desk of Governor Wolf, who had long voiced support for the legislation.

“Tim’s tragic experience has led to real change,” said Governor Wolf. “There is no place for hazing on our college campuses. And together, we will protect students and hold accountable those who engage in it. We mourn for Tim’s loss with his family, and while we can never fix what they’ve gone through, this new law will help to prevent other tragedies.”

Timothy’s parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, joined Governor Wolf at the signing ceremony alongside Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, Penn State President Eric J. Barron, and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein.

Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvania’s students has been a top priority for Governor Wolf. Earlier this year, he formed the School Safety Task Force with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to ensure that Pennsylvania is doing everything possible to make sure that our schools are safe places for our children to learn. He also launched the It’s on Us PA initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses.