FRANKFORT – Legislation, sponsored by Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, that could expedite testing of sexual assault kits today passed the House and is one step closer to becoming law. Since there was a committee substitute added to the resolution, it will be returned to the Senate for concurrence before making its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
“I am pleased that my colleagues in the House recognized the importance of this measure and gave it their stamp of approval,” explained Senator Harper Angel. “I feel confident the Senate will concur with the House because it is a simple change in the reporting agency. The resolution is now back to the way it was originally drafted.”
Senate Joint Resolution 20 directs the Auditor of Public Accounts to study the number of sexual assault examination kits in the possession of Kentucky law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies that have not been sent to the Department of Kentucky State Police forensic laboratory for testing. It further requires a report to the Legislative Research Commission by November 1, 2015.
Laura Sudkamp, Laboratory Director of Kentucky State Police’s Forensic Laboratories, estimates there are between 2,000 and 5,000 untested kits in Kentucky.
“Every woman who submits to a rape test kit deserves to know that it will be tested,” said Senator Harper Angel. “This measure will ensure a better opportunity for quick justice and allow a better opportunity to take criminals off the streets.”
Senator Harper Angel, who represents the 35th District, has served in the State Senate since 2005.