Exciting news! Rape kit reform took a meaningful step forward in California, thanks to Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-25) and Patricia Bates (D-36), Senate Appropriations chairs. We are grateful to all of you who made your support loud and clear for S.B. 22!

Right now, state law does not 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. 22 would mandate law enforcement to submit kits for testing within 20 days and crime labs to test the evidence within 120 days.

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Stay tuned for updates and next steps for action!

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