Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner’s bill would give police departments five days to turn forensic evidence from sexual assaults over to a crime lab for testing. It would further require labs to process the evidence within 30 days.
The bill will have its first hearing Tuesday.
The measure seeks to address the backlog of rape evidence kits waiting to be examined. There is no exact number on how many kits are awaiting testing, but the number is thought to be in the thousands.
The bill may face challenges though. The state may have to reimburse local police departments for the cost of testing. Several similar bills have failed in the past.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.
A man drew a weapon during routine security screening at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center and was shot by police, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference. No officers were injured, he added.
Supporters celebrated when a bill allowing for physician-assisted suicide in California was signed into law. But the tactics used to pass the law will likely delay its implementation.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed off an agreement with two of California’s labor unions.