Jolayne Houtz and her husband Hector Martinez hold a book Jolayne made for her son Sam Martinez for a  high school graduation gift. Sam died of alcohol poisoning while pledging a fraternity at Washington State University in 2019. Jolayne and Hector are now supporting two bills in Olympia that would provide education surrounding hazing and strengthen the penalty for it. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle TImes)
Jolayne Houtz and her husband, Hector Martinez, hold a book Jolayne made for her son, Sam Martinez, for a high school graduation gift. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle TImes)
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Bills addressing college hazing in Washington moving through state Legislature

After the death of a Washington State University freshman in 2019, the state Legislature is considering two bills that will address the issue of hazing on college campuses. A grieving family is pushing for their passage. Updated

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