Landmark bipartisan plan approved by state House
State Rep. Joseph Graves, of Argentine Township, today issued the following statement after the state House approved a 28-bill bipartisan plan to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents:
“The problem of sexual assault goes beyond what Larry Nassar did to hundreds of girls and young women, because it’s a problem at colleges, our neighborhoods and even within families. As a member of the House Law and Justice Committee, I joined my colleagues in listening to several Nassar survivors, along with parents, teachers, retired judges, advocacy organizations and subject experts who testified before the committee.
“This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole address the problem of sexual assault in our society. I was pleased to vote ‘yes’ for each bill in committee and again on the House floor. Our committee’s work may not be done, but after a dozen hearings and nearly 20 hours of testimony on this legislation, I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of the efforts of so many.”