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Legislation to speed up sexual assault kit testing passed in Ohio Senate

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New legislation to speed up sexual assault kit testing has passed the Ohio Senate.

The bill, sponsored by State Senator Capri Cafaro, would require law enforcement to submit evidence in backlogged sexual assault investigations within one year to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

For new assault cases, officers must submit evidence within 30 days.

As of June, only half of the 7,600 sexual assault kits submitted for testing this year have been completed.

The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, now goes to the Ohio House.


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