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Sexual assault bills pass out of House committee

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              Legislation to prevent doctors from sexually abusing their patients was on the agenda at a state House committee hearing Tuesday.    

           These bills are part of ongoing efforts started by the Legislature last year to curb sexual assault in the state.


       Larry Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years. After he received a de-facto life sentence, lawmakers started to work on new legislation to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

       Last year, the Legislature passed laws to change reporting requirements and the statute of limitations. Now, lawmakers want to take away a person’s medical license if they sexually abuse a patient under the guise of treatment.

      Republican Representative Daire Rendon is a bill sponsor.

       “We want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can for the victims.”

       Other bills would require doctors to keep records on certain invasive procedures for 15 years.