LANSING, MI Democrates are urging their Republican colleagues to hold one of their own accountable for improper touching a nurse while receiving COVID-19 treatment.
After an incident with a nurse practitioner in August 2021, State Sen. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, was sentenced to a year of probation.
When she was going to a health care facility in Marshall, a nurse practitioner filed a police complaint accusing Bizon of inappropriately touching her.
Senator Jim Ananich, D-Flint, said on Thursday that Bizon has not experienced any consequences in the Michigan Senate since his sentence last month.
"You can still maintain your title, your employees, and your position as a chair of an important committee. I've given you enough time to do the right thing, but today we wait no longer," Ananich said during a Senate floor speech.
Ananich said he will adopt a resolution to censure Bizon, requiring the senator to be held accountable "for dissenting and disobedient behavior."
Senator Bizon, a medical and public official, has not only an obligation to follow the law and treat people with respect, but also to serve as a model for his fellow citizens. In his assault and battery, he failed to meet the high standards of conduct expected by his office by the Michigan people.
Bizon, who has served four years in the House, is in his first Senate term and has blamed his illness.
Bizon described the situation as "regrettable" in a February statement. He said he was upset that he had unintentionally caused someone to feel unsafe, and that he had not behaved like normal because he was "very sick" at the time.
As part of his sentence, Bizon was ordered to pay $1,130 in court costs and fines, complete a mental health treatment program, and have no contact with the victim.
Following Bizon's sentence last month, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said the senator took responsibility for his actions and would not face any discipline.
Leaders of the Democratic Party have criticised Shirkey for his decision not to punish Bizon.
Lavora Barnes, the Michigan Democratic Party chairman, said Bizon should be disciplined further. GOP leaders, she said, should "stop being quiet and begin denouncing and take action to stop the persistent and inflammatory behavior from inside their ranks."
Sens. Erika Geiss, D-Taylor; Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit; Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, Adam Hollier, D-Ann Arbor; Jeff Irwin, D-Southfiled; Marshall Bullock, D-Grand Rapids; Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak; and
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