Governor Doug Ducey signed Rep. Maria Syms’ bill, HB 2268 into law ob Wednesday. The bill will ensure that all rape kits are tested in a timely manner.
HB 2268 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate with unanimous support.
“It’s unconscionable and unacceptable that rape kits haven’t been tested in a timely manner,” said Representative Syms. “This new law will give dignity and justice to victims and will make our communities safer by getting violent offenders off the streets. I thank
my colleagues in the Legislature for passing this important legislation and thank Governor Ducey for signing it into law.”
HB2268 requires health care facilities to notify law enforcement when a sexual assault test kit has been collected within 24 hours of collection. Law enforcement agencies would have five business days to take possession of collected evidence and 15 business days to submit evidence to a crime laboratory.