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Bills addressing campus sexual assault expected today

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will roll out bills today designed to combat sexual misconduct on college campuses. It’s part of the Legislature’s initial response to issues at Michigan State University.

The measures would require coaches and trainers to report suspicions of abuse. They would also ban the governmental immunity defense Michigan State University has tried to use to fend off sexual assault lawsuits filed by victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

State Senator Margaret O’Brien says people feel let down by institutions they trusted. “We want to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to let people know that we take this seriously, and we will not allow for our children to be victimized,” O'Brien said.

Survivors of Nassar’s abuse will be part of the rollout.

The goal is to have the bills sent to Governor Rick Snyder this spring. 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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