Thursday, February 20, 2020

WAState Legislative Alert: Support Sexual Assault Survivors Urge the #WAState Senate Law & Justice Committee to Support and Vote HB 2318 Out of Committee

#WAState Legislative Alert: Support Sexual Assault Survivors 
Urge the #WAState Senate Law & Justice Committee to Support and 
Vote HB 2318 Out of Committee 

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Brief Summary of Substitute Bill HB 2318 
Advancing criminal investigatory practices.  
Sponsors: Orwall, Lovick, Slatter, Morgan, Wylie, Mosbrucker, Pollet: 

  • Requires agencies to preserve criminal investigatory records related to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) work product.

  • Defines "sexual assault kit" (SAK) as it relates to state law on DNA work product preservation and SAK preservation, testing, and tracking as including all evidence collected during a sexual assault medical forensic examination.
  • Establishes storage and preservation requirements for unreported SAKs.

  • Modifies procedures for collecting required DNA samples from convicted offenders who will not immediately be taken into custody.

  • Requires the Criminal Justice Training Commission to develop a proposal for a case review program.



#WAState Legislative Alert: Urge the #WAState Senate Law & Justice  Committee to Support and Vote HB 2318 Out of Committee 

Send the Following Email to the Senate Law & Justice 
Committee Members Listed Below:


SUBJECT LINE: Please Support HB 2318 and Stand With Sexual Assault Survivors 


COPY AND PASTE THIS EMAIL:

Dear Members of the WA State Senate Law and Justice Committee:

I am writing to urge the Committee to support and vote HB 2318, Advancing criminal investigatory practices, out of Committee without delay. This critical legislation, sponsored by Representative Tina Orwall, will further advance WA State’s ongoing legislative imperative to support the need vital needs of sexual assault survivors in Washington State.  Additionally, HB 2318 will further establish WA State as a national leader in the critical fight to support all sexual assault survivors.  

HB 2318 provides for the following
  • Requires agencies to preserve criminal investigatory records related to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) work product. 
  • Defines "sexual assault kit" (SAK) as it relates to state law on DNA work product preservation and SAK preservation, testing, and tracking as including all evidence collected during a sexual assault medical forensic examination. 
  • Establishes storage and preservation requirements for unreported SAKs.
  • Modifies procedures for collecting required DNA samples from convicted offenders who will not immediately be taken into custody.
  • Requires the Criminal Justice Training Commission to develop a proposal for a case review program.

Again, I urge the Committee to continue to support WA State’s legislative imperative to advance the critical needs of sexual assault survivors.  I urge you to continue to stand with all sexual assault survivors in WA State.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
[Insert Name]
[Insert Address]
[Insert Phone Number]
[Insert Email Address] 


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