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Doctor raises concerns Nassar-response bills overregulate profession

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State lawmakers have a pile of bills aimed at curbing sexual assault. But some in the medical profession are concerned the legislation might go too far.

The bills were drafted after former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually assaulting patients for years.

One bill would change requirements for record keeping for certain types of exams. And make it a felony if doctors don’t document.

Doctor Rose Ramirez is a family physician near Grand Rapids. She said she spoke to other doctors and they believe their profession is already overregulated.

“I want to just make sure that we don’t react emotionally and overregulate unnecessarily,” she said.

Ramirez said overall she believes in the intent of the legislation but she’s worried about unintended consequences.

“Well a lot of times we do have that kneejerk reaction,” responded Representative Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township. He’s the chair of the House Law and Justice committee. “But as the chair of the committee I can assure you we’re going to be responsible and our vision, and our foresight is going to be, how do we create a better environment.”

Kesto said he’s open to changes to the bills and the committee will likely hear testimony for several weeks before voting.

Ramirez believes more doctors will testify on the bills in the upcoming weeks.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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