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.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Today Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.