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S.F. No. 2863 - Procedures for Handling Sexual Assault Examination Kits
 
Author: Senator Jerry Relph
 
Prepared By: Chris Turner, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-4350)
 
Date: March 23, 2018



 

This bill establishes procedures for handling sexual assault examination kits.

Section 1 requires hospitals to notify victims of sexual assault of their right to obtain status information about unrestricted sexual assault examination kits.

Section 2, subdivision 1 defines terms used in this section.

Subdivision 2 requires law enforcement to retrieve an unrestricted sexual assault examination kit from a health care professional within ten days or receiving written notice.

Subdivision 3 requires law enforcement to submit an unrestricted sexual assault kit for testing within 60 days of receiving the kit, unless the agency determines the kit adds no evidentiary value to the case.

Subdivision 4 requires law enforcement to keep a kit that is not tested for at least 18 months.

Subdivision 5 provides that compliance with the deadlines in this section does not impact the admissibility of the evidence.

Section 3, subdivision 1 establishes the specific data related to sexual assault examination kits that the victim is entitled to receive from law enforcement.

Subdivision 2 requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt policies to govern the process of responding to victim requests for data under subdivision 1.

 
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