LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted on a bipartisan package of bills aimed at combatting sexual assault in the state of Michigan. State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) sponsored House Bill 5792 in the package, which is a grant program that would strongly encourage universities to create five-year sexual assault response and prevention improvement plans. In response, Rep. Hoadley issued the following statement:

            “We have seen over the last year a significant cultural shift in the way we understand and address sexual assault prevention and protection, and it’s time our laws reflected that shift. Passing this package of bills is a step forward in taking real action to make our universities safer for our students by addressing our broken reporting systems and institutional failures. I am proud of the work we have done so far, but this is only a small step in improving the culture at our universities and in our communities, and I look forward to continuing that work with survivors, experts and my colleagues moving forward.”