Contact Your State Legislators Today!
Two bills are pending in the California legislature that would bring the state considerably closer to comprehensive rape kit reform. Take action today to increase public safety, hold offenders accountable, and offer a path to justice and healing for survivors of sexual assault.
- Right now, state law doesn’t require law enforcement to submit rape kits to crime labs for DNA testing—it merely encourages it. Sponsored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-20), S.B. 1449 would mandate law enforcement to submit kits within 20 days after being booked into evidence, and crime labs to test the forensic evidence within 120 days.
- California has never conducted an inventory of the untested rape kits in the state. Sponsored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-17), A.B. 3118 would require all law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and crime labs to inventory their kits and submit a comprehensive report to the California Department of Justice by 2019.
Contact your state legislators in the Senate and Assembly today. Urge them to support these bills.