Rape kit bill is signed into law

[private]Legislation that will require the timely processing of rape kits for sexual assault victims (SB 304) was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Law enforcement agencies will now be required to collect rape kits from hospitals within 96 hours and submit them for testing within 30 days.

The original rape kit bill was introduced by Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) but stalled in the Senate when Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) refused to hold a committee hearing on it, contending that the bill wasn’t needed.

Holcomb had the language of his bill attached to SB 304 and kept pushing for its passage, with Unterman finally relenting in the final hours of the legislative session.

When SB 304 received its final vote for passage on the last night of the session, Holcomb received a standing ovation from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

“We succeeded because we got the policy right, we were inclusive, and there was a real need for the bill,” Holcomb said. “I’m thankful to my colleagues for making this a real bi-partisan effort.”

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