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Bill Aims To Chip Away At Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

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. 

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