BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are supporting a bill that would create a statewide system of collecting and tracking the physical evidence in sexual assault investigations.
The measure ensures that medical clinics will use rape kits to collect forensic evidence after a suspected sexual assault and will have that evidence sent for DNA testing unless the victim requests otherwise.
State forensic laboratories will perform DNA testing on the samples from the sexual assault kit, log the results in the state's DNA database and provide the test results and findings to investigators.
The bill also requires the Idaho state police submit a report to the Legislature each year regarding the number of kits purchased and distributed.
Democratic Rep. Melissa Wintrow, of Boise, says the measure received widespread support from law enforcement and prosecutors.
The measure also received unanimous support in the House State Affairs Committee Monday morning. It will now be set for a legislative hearing.