Michigan bills add mandatory reporters after Nassar scandal

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would add athletic trainers and physical therapists to the state’s list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

The House approved the bills Wednesday and sent them to the Senate for further consideration.

Some Nassar victims have said they told a gymnastics coach and trainers at Michigan State University, where the former sports doctor worked, that he had molested them under the guise of treatment, but nothing was done.

Coaches are not included in the legislation. A sponsor says she wanted to include coaches but had to compromise.

Another bill passed Wednesday would make it a crime for people to use their professional authority over someone to prevent the reporting of sexual assaults.

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