Brown Signs Bills To Address State’s Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits
Estimates suggest that thousands of the DNA evidence kits remain untested across California.
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Gov. Brown Signs New 'Rape Kit' Measures
California law enforcement will have new rules governing their collection of DNA evidence from survivors of sexual assault, under three bills Governor Jerry Brown signed Thursday that focus on the state’s backlog of untested “rape kits.” One measure requires police to hang onto rape kits and other crime scene evidence from unsolved cases for at least 20 years, and to provide sexual assault victims more up-front information about the tests and their rights. (Bradford, 10/12)
In other news from Sacramento —
California Will Provide Free Tampons To Poor Students
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed Assembly Bill 10, requiring middle and high schools where at least 40 percent of students meet the federal poverty threshold to stock half their campus restrooms with free menstrual products. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia championed the measure, which she said would maintain educational access for girls who miss school because they cannot afford their own tampons and pads. (Koseff and Cadelago, 10/12)