House lawmakers are widening the effort to deter female genital mutilation in Michigan by expanding the scope of legislative proposals beyond criminalizing the practice.

The House package would offer legal recourse to victims, extend the statute of limitations for survivors and revoke health care licenses for those convicted after two suburban Detroit doctors were charged federally with cutting 7-year-old girls.

Nearly two-thirds of House members already support the package, said one bill sponsor, Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton.

Hoitenga said 70 lawmakers, including Republicans and Democrats, have told her they would cosponsor the legislation, which is more "comprehensive" than a separate plan the Senate approved Wednesday that criminalizes the practice under state law.

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