Bill To Ban Over-The Counter Sexual Assault Kits Passes WA House

The Washington State House unanimously approved a bill by 14th District Representative Gina Mosbrucker to ban the sale and distribution of over-the-counter home sexual assault kits. The Goldendale Republican said the kits are not able to be put into the FBI’s criminal justice database, CODIS, which creates a DNA profile of a suspect and can help find repeat rapists.  Mosbrucker noted she has the official sexual assault kit in her office, which is much different from the do-it-yourself kits.  It tests blood, urine, hair samples, and many other methods of evidence collection, and is about a four-hour process.  House Bill 1564 passed 96-0.  It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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