Legislation is part of House package in response to Larry Nassar scandal
State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, today testified in support of his legislation to protect patients, including children, from medical professionals who engage in sexual misconduct under the guise of a medical treatment, procedure, or examination.
The bill is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.
“Larry Nassar took advantage of his position with hundreds of young girls and we cannot allow a health care provider to do that again,” said Kesto, to the committee. “Nassar’s heinous behavior is the exception to the great doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other professionals we have in Michigan. But for those who choose to engage in conduct similar to Nassar’s, my bill sends a strong message that such is not only professionally and morally wrong, but also criminal.”
Kesto’s legislation revises current state law by modernizing the outdated crime of wrongly providing medical services under false pretenses so that it applies both male and female patients, as well as strengthening the penalties for violations to make the law a more useful tool in combatting sexual misconduct in the medical field.
Kesto’s plan establishes a penalty of up to 25 years in prison and requires permanent revocation of a violator’s professional license upon conviction.
House Bill 5787 remains under consideration by the committee.