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.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.
California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.
A bill that would require toy guns to be painted with markings to show they are fake has passed the state legislature.
The California Legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process is highly criticized, but lawmakers defend it as necessary.
Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.