LaSata, Kesto continue inquiry into MSU’s handling of Nassar case
State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata today submitted a letter requesting additional information from Michigan State University pertaining to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar.
Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee; and LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education; were tasked by House Speaker Tom Leonard to lead the state House’s inquiry into the Nassar scandal.
In response to a letter from Kesto and LaSata, the House on Feb. 14 received over 1,500 pages of requested documents and communication pertaining to any complaints reported to MSU against Nassar between 2014 and 2017. Republican and Democrat legislators on both the Law and Justice Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education requested additional information as documentation continues to be reviewed by House attorneys.
“Michigan State has supplied a lot of information, but we need more to paint a clearer picture as to how the school addressed the Nassar accusations,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “There are over 250 victims involved in the cases against Nassar. We already have legislation in the works because of this scandal, but we must know what more can be done to prevent one more victim of this kind of despicable behavior.”
LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, is focusing on the transparency and accountability needed from the MSU administration.
“There are questions we need answered to take the necessary steps to protect current and future students at Michigan’s colleges and universities,” LaSata said. “We’ve reviewed a lot of information, but we owe it to the victims to get these last questions and details resolved before proceeding with appropriate measures.”