Snyder to OK rules for testing rape-evidence kits

Gov. Rick Snyder at a press conference to discuss upcoming weather conditions. (Feb. 19, 2014)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is poised to sign a law establishing timelines and processes for testing rape-evidence kits.

The governor plans to sign the legislation Thursday afternoon at the Michigan State Police’s forensic science lab in Lansing.

The bill requires police to obtain a kit from a health care facility within 14 days of being notified. The police will have 14 more days to submit the kit to a lab, where it will be analyzed within 90 days if there are “sufficient staffing and resources.”

The state is spending $4 million to test thousands of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit. After taking over the city’s crime lab in 2008, state police discovered more than 11,000 untested rape-evidence boxes dating back 25 years.

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