Bill on rape kit testing rules moves forward

Michigan state capitol (File photo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation to speed up testing for rape kits.

The state House unanimously passed a bill last week that would set time limits for evidence kit retrieval and analysis by law enforcement. It comes in response to a backlog of roughly 11,000 rape kits discovered in Detroit in 2009.

The bill now goes to the Senate. It doesn’t affect the backlog but is intended to prevent future buildups.

The legislation would require police to retrieve a kit from a health care facility within 14 days of being notified. Police would have 14 more days to submit the kit for testing. The lab would have 90 days to analyze the evidence.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the legislation is “taking a strong stand” for public safety.

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