State Lawmakers Approve Rape Kit Bill
A bill that was pulled from consideration by state lawmakers last week was approved yesterday .
Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
The Republican-sponsored bill requires the Attorney General to create a statewide tracking system for rape kits. In the House, Democrat Kent Smith spoke for it.
“This bill, House Bill 719, will help us make sure that justice delayed is not justice denied.”
The vote marks an apparent deal with Democrats, who last week wanted to attach an amendment to eliminate the 20-year statute of limitations on rape cases. That led Speaker Ryan Smith to pull the rape kit bill, saying he was open to discussing that idea but the amendment wasn’t appropriate in this bill. A similar measure also passed the Senate.