Sexual Assault Kit Testing Bill Moving Forward
Written by jordanmckamey on February 5, 2019
Senate File 72 — which has been approved by the Wyoming Senate and is awaiting a floor debate in the House — addresses the serious issue of Sexual Assault Biological Evidence Reporting.
Across the nation — thousands of sexual assault kits — sit in evidence rooms untested. These kits may contain DNA evidence that could put a sexual predator behind bars. The reasons for the kits sitting untested is varied and complex — but two major hurdles are overstretched law enforcement budgets and the lack of a log and reporting system documenting these tests.
Washakie County Attorney Victim’s Witness Director Bob Vines explained that the best case scenario in cases of sexual assault is to get convictions of perpetrators and justice for the victims of sexual assault. Speaking on Senate File 72 — Vines broke down the bills designed purpose of creating a system of accountability as it relates to SANE test kits.
Local House District 27 Representative Mike Greear is a sponsor of the bill. If you wish to contact Greear about this issue — or any others — you can contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-388-3399.