Legislation to reduce rape kit processing times heads to governor
Last updated 4/19/2019 at Noon
OLYMPIA A bill to reduce the processing time for sexual assault kits passed the Washington legislature in two unanimous votes.
Sexual Assault Kits have remained untested for over a decade in Washington. The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab can currently test only 213 kits per month, with a backlog of around 10,000 kits.
Rep. Tina Orwall, D- Des Moines, is the sponsor of this legislation, and has worked on the issue throughout her time in the Legislature. Orwall testified on the five serial rapists that have been identified since the process of ending the rape kit backlog began in 2015...