Michigan Senate approves Nassar legislation

Postado Março 15, 2018

Universities in MI as well as the Catholic Church have expressed concerns with the piece of legislation that changes our state's statute of limitations because the entities believe it will open the door to a significant amount of lawsuits.

The Michigan Senate has approved legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

There has been pushback against retroactively lengthening the statute of limitations to sue from universities, governments, businesses, the Catholic Church and others.

Michigan State, where Nassar worked for decades, has been sued by more than 250 girls and women. Among the school's arguments in federal court are that many accusers waited too long to sue and that it has immunity. In another change to the legislation, people sexually assaulted as adults would not be able to sue retroactively.

There's no word on whether votes on the bills will come this week.

The state's 15 public universities are now asking the legislature to delay voting on the sex abuse prevention bills.

That bill pack aims to improve accountability for universities during sexual assault cases, expands the list of mandatory reporters to include athletic trainers, coaches, and physical therapists.

"Civil retroactivity would hold the people and taxpayers who support today's churches, schools, civic organizations, and local and state government financially accountable for allegations from decades past", the Catholic Conference, the church's lobbying arm, said in a statement. Curtis Hertel Jr. "I think it's fairly simply where we should be morally and that's where I'm going to be".

It also creates harsher penalties for those who fail to report sexual assault. The statute of limitations for the rest should not apply, according to a newly filed motion in federal court, because the defendants "fraudulently concealed" the abuse for years despite some girls having raised concerns with coaches and trainers.