House makes another try at passing rape kit bill

[private]The Georgia House made a last-ditch attempt Thursday to pass legislation that would require police departments to clear up backlogs in the testing of rape kits.

House members voted 172-0 to pass SB 304 and sent it back to the state Senate for consideration.

The bill was originally introduced as HB 827 and passed unanimously by the House, but was blocked in the Senate by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) in the health and human services committee. Unterman said she saw no need for rape kit legislation.

Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) took a bill sent over by the Senate, SB 304, and substituted the language of the rape kit bill. If the Senate agreed to it, the bill would achieve final passage.

“You haven’t quit and this House hasn’t quit either,” Holcomb told his colleagues. “We will do everything we can to protect Georgians and to help them pursue justice.”

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