Analysis

Synopsis:

 February 16, 2021:

HJCcs/HB 27: The House Judiciary Committee, committee substitute for House Bill 27 replaces the original bill with its own bill and creates the crimes of Hazing and Aggravated Hazing. Separate definitions and penalties are provided. It also states that is not a defense in an action under this act when the person against whom the hazing was directed, consented to, or acquiesced in the hazing activity. This committee substitute is effective on July 1, 2021.


January 04, 2021:

House Bill 27 (HB 27) creates the crime of Hazing, under the Criminal Code. HB 27 provides a misdemeanor penalty, pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978. HB 27 is effective on July 1, 2021.

Analysis:

 House Bill 27 (HB 27) enacts a new section of the Criminal Code, titled: Hazing-Penalty. 

HB 27 is effective on July 1, 2021.

Definition:

•	Hazing consists of a person who is a student of a public or private post-secondary educational institution willfully taking an action or creating a situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of another current or prospective student of the educational institution when the person takes that action or creates that situation for the purpose of the current or prospective student's induction, initiation or admission into or maintenance of membership in a student organization, student body or private athletic club, regardless of whether the organization, body or club is officially recognized, sanctioned or authorized by an educational institution. 

•	Hazing does not include coaching, training, conditioning, physical education, customary athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

Penalty: 

•	The penalty for Hazing is a misdemeanor and will be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Sentencing Authority-Misdemeanors-Imprisonment and Fines-Probation, Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978.

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