Governor Wolf Praises House Committee Action to Empower Victims, Curb Hazing

June 05, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee moved Marsy’s Law, a constitutional equal rights amendment for victims, and Senator Jake Corman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law to combat hazing. Governor Wolf said he was hopeful the committee would soon move a series of Senate bills to protect victims of domestic violence.

Governor Wolf’s full statement:

“I thank the members of the House Judiciary Committee for advancing two important bills to provide more rights to crime victims and hold those who commit hazing accountable. Marsy’s Law will amend the state constitution to provide crime victims with equal protections and participation in the process. Victims and their families deserve equity. Hazing is antithetical to the experience we want for college students and others in Pennsylvania. We must give law enforcement the tools that they need to hold people accountable and we must ensure schools have proper safeguards to protect students and curb hazing.

“It is my hope that these two bills will help protect victims and provide more tools to law enforcement. I remain hopeful that the House will also advance the important bills in front of them from the Senate to protect victims of domestic violence. These bills are essential to reducing the number of victims, especially those killed by their abusers.”

Background:

April 11, 2018: Governor Wolf Supports Marsy’s Law for Crime Victims Constitutional Amendment

April 18, 2018: Governor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Combat Hazing

May 1, 2018: Governor Wolf Again Asks House GOP Leaders to Advance Domestic Violence Legislation

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