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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: October 25, 2017 03:45 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Study of Rape Kits
In the near future, I plan on introducing a companion resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of how many rape kits remain unprocessed and to identify the reasons why those rape kits remain untested.

In 2015, the General Assembly passed House Bill 272. This legislation amended the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act to include mandatory timeframes and technical requirements for the submission and reporting of sexual assault evidence. As a cosponsor of this legislation, I felt that it was important to highlight the need and importance of timely analyzing sexual assault evidence from rape kits.

However, there is still a plethora of forensic evidence kits that are untested or unaccounted for. My hope is that this resolution is the next step in addressing this backlog.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

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Introduced as HR597