The Latest: Michigan House panel passes Nassar legislation
LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Latest on the Michigan Legislature’s consideration of legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal (all times local):
Legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal continues to advance in Michigan.
A state House committee approved the package Wednesday, a day before the full House plans to vote.
One bill would add athletic trainers, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to the list of professionals who must report suspected child abuse or neglect. Some senators are unhappy that paid coaches are not included, too.
Some of Nassar’s victims have said they told a gymnastics coach and trainers at Michigan State University, where the former sports doctor worked, that he had molested them under the guise that it was treatment, but nothing was done.
Gov. Rick Snyder says he supports the bill package, which could win final approval next week. He calls the legislation ”the best possible solution that has garnered bipartisan support.”
Michigan lawmakers are at odds over a decision to scale back the proposed expansion of the state’s mandatory reporter law after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.
A House committee on Wednesday is expected to pass a bill that would add physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to the list of professionals who must report suspected child abuse or neglect. House legislators backed away from adding youth coaches, athletic trainers and university employees due to costs and other concerns.
A senator says he will move to make paid coaches and trainers mandatory reporters when the measure gets to the Senate.
Some Nassar victims say they told Michigan State University coaches and trainers about being molested by Nassar under the guise of treatment but were dissuaded from reporting.