California lawmakers may require untested rape kit reporting

California lawmakers may soon require police departments to monitor and track the status of rape kits in an effort to reduce a backlog of untested evidence.

Assemblyman David Chiu authored the bill that the state Assembly unanimously passed on Thursday. The bill required police departments to report information about untested kits. 

AB41 now heads for the state Senate for approval.

There are more than 6,000 untested rape kits in California according to Chiu, but no tracking system exists on how many are collected and why some kits aren't tested. The bill would help decrease the number of untested kits by requiring departments to report the data. 

The kits are designed to collect DNA evidence from victims in order to track down and convict their assailant. 

Opponents say reporting requirements will be too burdensome for police departments. 


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