FRANKFORT – Governor Steve Beshear today held a ceremonial signing for legislation, sponsored by Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, that could expedite testing of sexual assault kits.
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.
“Having the actual count is the first step in clearing the shelves of untested sexual assault kits,” Senator Harper Angel said. “SJR 20 is a step forward for Kentucky to make sure the voices of victims are heard and that we are able to move ahead in seeking justice.”