Michigan Legislature passes Nassar bills

    Michigan State University

    Legislation aimed at curbing future sexual abuse crimes, like those of former Michigan State University Dr. Larry Nassar, passed the Michigan Legislature last week.

    The Associated Press reported that the bills received unanimous approval in the state Senate and are now awaiting the signature of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who signaled his support for helping survivors of sexual abuse in a tweet last week.

    The legislation would ramp up penalties for possession of child pornography and increase sentencing guidelines for those in possession of such material, as well as allowing for prior sexual crimes to be admitted into court as evidence.

    Larry Nassar

    The legislation awaiting Snyder’s signature comes as Michigan State University still faces criticism over its handling of the Nassar scandal, which resulted in the sports medicine doctor being sentenced last summer to essentially a life sentence for sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

    The Lansing State Journal reported last week that MSU had closed down its fund for helping victims of Nassar, having now paid a $425 million settlement.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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