AG Nessel announces new legislation to protect elders

Dana Nessel

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel introduced new legislation this morning alongside a bipartisan group of state legislators.

The new legislation is designed to further protect the senior population, Nessel says.

The legislation will “implement fundamental reforms impacting guardians and conservators,” Nessel said.

Nessel said when she first started in her position she made it a priority to protect elders.

After more than two years of work, Nessel said the latest legislation is proof that the task force is laser focused and is truly bipartisan.

One of they key advocated for the new legislation has been Justice Megan K. Cavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Cavanagh said one of the most important things people can do is make noise where they feel it’s necessary.

A lot of the conversation focused on assigned guardians and regulations surrounding those. This new legislation creates a clearer path to have family and those closest to elders the first chance to be the guardians, the group said.

Nessel also discussed the situation at University of Michigan involving Dr. Robert Anderson sexually abusing athletes at the school.

Nessel said that she doesn’t think it’s likely that they will prosecute anyone because many surrounding the situation have passed away.

She also added that she learned from the Michigan State and Larry Nassar situation that when an organization asks you to investigate, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will get full cooperation.

You can watch the whole event at the top of this page.

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