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.
Fair Political Practices Commission chairperson Jodi Remke announced Tuesday that she will step down on Friday. It follows months of acrimony with other commissioners.
California Senator Tony Mendoza Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation, But Says He'll Run For Re-ElectionFebruary 22, 2018
His resignation followed an outside investigation, which found that Mendoza likely engaged in "flirtatious or sexually suggestive" behavior with six different women, including former staffers and fellows. The allegations date back to 2007.
Report: California Senator Tony Mendoza ‘More Likely Than Not’ Made Sexual Advances Toward Six WomenFebruary 20, 2018
A summary of the Senate’s outside investigation comes after the chamber’s Rules Committee met in closed session to discuss Mendoza’s fate for the second weekday in a row.
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.