Information in the system would be confidential and not subject to public disclosure, if the legislation becomes law. Federal grants are expected to cover the cost, according to the Attorney General’s office.
In August, DeWine announced he formed an expert panel to make recommendations on the best way to establish a rape kit tracking system.
“The program will increase transparency surrounding the collection, submission, and analysis of sexual assault kit evidence in Ohio by giving those who have undergone a sexual assault forensic examination the option to track the status of their rape kit evidence online,” the Attorney General’s office announced.
HB719 was slated for a House floor vote last week but Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, put it on pause when Democrats indicated they wanted to attach changes to the bill to lift the statute of limitations on rape.
Smith said that area of the law is complex and should not be amended without extensive discussion.
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“It’s a discussion worth having. It’s a very emotional discussion and it should be but it’s not something where we can throw out an amendment and decide what to do with it on the House floor,” Smith said.
Both bills have backing from the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.