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Introduced House Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Rape kit testing. Defines "kit" as a standard medical forensic examination kit for victims of a sex crime, as developed by the state police department. Requires the superintendent of the state police department (superintendent) to adopt guidelines that: (1) urge law enforcement agencies to send kits for testing not later than 21 days after receiving notice of a completed kit from a forensic medical services provider; (2) urge crime labs to test kits within 30 days of receipt; (3) urge law enforcement agencies to test previously untested kits; (4) urge law enforcement agencies to eliminate any backlog associated with untested Rape kit testing. Defines "kit" as a standard medical forensic examination kit for victims of a sex crime, as developed by the state police department. Requires the superintendent of the state police department (superintendent) to adopt guidelines that: (1) urge law enforcement agencies to send kits for testing not later than 21 days after receiving notice of a completed kit from a forensic medical services provider; (2) urge crime labs to test kits within 30 days of receipt; (3) urge law enforcement agencies to test previously untested kits; (4) urge law enforcement agencies to eliminate any backlog associated with untested kits in their possession not later than October 31, 2018; and (5) allow for the reporting of certain statistics related to kit inventory and testing. Requires the superintendent to provide information to the interim study committee on corrections and criminal code concerning: (1) the entering of tested kit results into the combined DNA index system (CODIS); (2) the number of untested kits possessed by law enforcement agencies statewide; and (3) the reasons for delays in kit testing. Requires a forensic medical services provider to notify a law enforcement agency regarding the completion of a kit not later than 24 hours after the kit is completed. Requires the department of homeland security to develop best practices and guidelines designed to assist crime labs and law enforcement agencies with the elimination of untested kit backlogs. Makes conforming amendments. ... View more