Pam Bondi lauds passage of rape kit legislation
Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi

Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday thanked lawmakers for moving legislation to speed up DNA testing for criminal cases, including what are commonly called rape kits.

Such kits may include swabs of body surfaces and samples of bodily fluid for use in apprehending a suspect in a sexual assault or battery.

The bill (SB 636) was passed by the House Wednesday after having been approved by the Senate last week.

“As a career prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the heartache caused by sexual predators, and this legislation is a significant step toward bringing more predators to justice and helping victims heal,” Bondi said.

“This legislation will help ensure future kits are tested expediently (but) we must also work to ensure funding is made available by the end of session to begin testing the more than 13,000 unprocessed kits in our state,” she said.

The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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