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Michigan House Committee To Pass Scaled-Back Nassar Response Bills

May 23, 2018

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Lawmakers plan to move a series of bills in response to Larry Nassar today.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  The legislation won’t look the same coming out of committee as it did going in – and some bills might not get a vote.  


Committee chair Klint Kesto says his committee probably won’t vote on a governmental immunity bill.  That legislation would prevent state institutions like universities from using their position to avoid lawsuits in cases of sexual assault.

Republican Senator Margaret O’Brien says she’ll keep working to get rid of that type of immunity exception.

“When I think about the fact that governmental immunity does have exceptions in certain standards and one of them is not in the cases of sexual assault, it is a little disturbing to me.”

The committee does hope to move forward a scaled back version of legislation meant to give victims of childhood sexual assault more time to seek justice.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org