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SB 63/FN/LM (BR 317) - D. Harper Angel, J. Adams, D. Carroll, P. Clark, M. McGarvey

     AN ACT relating to evidence and declaring an emergency.
    Amend KRS 15.440 to require law enforcement agencies to have approved policies on the disposition of sexual assault evidence collection kits; amend KRS 17.175 to set processing timelines for state police forensic laboratory processing of sexual assault evidence collection kits and to authorize expedited repair and procurement authority to meet those deadlines; include noncodified language authorizing a one-time transfer of money from the Kentucky law Enforcement Foundation Program fund to the Department of Kentucky State Police to add additional evidence processing capacity at the state's criminal forensic laboratories; EMERGENCY.


     SCS1/LM - Require that all kits collected prior to this bill and which were not yet tested are submitted to the forensic laboratory by January 1, 2017; add to the policies required for law enforcement agencies transfer of kit to law enforcement agency with jurisdiction within 10 days of receipt, require that a suspect standard, if available, be sent with the kit, notification of victim if evidence is to be destroyed, and allow delay in notification of the victim until after the suspect has been apprehended; allow the state lab to prioritize analysis and classification of kits which have been submitted with a suspect standard, in cases where a suspect has been identified; make the goals for average completion time contingent on receipt of adequate funding; remove appropriation language; require hospitals and other facilities that perform forensic medical exams and collect evidence for sexual assault kits to notify law enforcement within 24 hours of obtaining the victim’s consent to release the kit to law enforcement; require hospitals to retain kits not reported to law enforcement for one year, instead of only 90 days; add to the Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee (SART-AC) the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers; require that SART-AC assist regional rape crisis centers in creating regional sexual assault response teams; develop model policies for law enforcement and these efforts should include economic impacts, as well as model policies and implementation; study the costs associated with crimes by individuals identified in the backlog effort; report annually to the General Assembly and the secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on data relating to sexual assault in Kentucky, including the number kits collected and the number tested; require KSP and AOC to report statistics to SART-AC; create a designation for SANE-ready hospitals, which requires 24-hour access to SANE nurses; require law enforcement basic training to include 8 hours on sexual assault by 2017; establish 40-hour training curriculum in sexual assault investigation for law enforcement officers by 2017, and require by 2019 at least one officer in every agency to receive that training; clarify and define retention period for kits when no trial has taken place; create short title "Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Act of 2016."
     SCA1( W. Westerfield ) - Make title amendment.

     Jan 06, 2016 - introduced in Senate
     Jan 07, 2016 - to Appropriations & Revenue (S)
     Feb 11, 2016 - reassigned to Judiciary (S)
     Mar 10, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1), committee amendment (1)
     Mar 11, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 14, 2016 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 16, 2016
     Mar 16, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute (1) committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 17, 2016 - received in House
     Mar 18, 2016 - to Judiciary (H)
     Mar 21, 2016 - posted in committee
     Mar 23, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 24, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, March 25, 2016
     Mar 25, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 97-0; received in Senate
     Mar 28, 2016 - enrolled, signed by President of the Senate
     Mar 29, 2016 - enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House; delivered to Governor
     Apr 08, 2016 - signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 58)