Nassar-inspired bills pass through committee

May 23, 2018

Bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal crossed a major hurdle Wednesday. After weeks of testimony, most of the bills were passed out of committee.

Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

The legislation does things like require education in schools about sexual assault and encourage colleges and universities to improve their sexual assault policies. Other bills would create new crimes related to sexual assault.

But the legislation passed by the House committee leaves out things some state Senators wanted. One item involves who is required to report suspected child abuse. The current bills only add physical therapists, their assistants, and athletic trainers.

The committee chose to not pass bills that would get rid of immunity in cases of sexual assault for state institutions – like universities. It also scaled back bills to give child victims of sexual assault more time to come forward for criminal and civil cases.