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6/18/2014 - Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds
The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country. The measure is part of the $51.2 billion Justice Department budget for 2015.The House passed the budget in May leaving the funds in tact.The bill has been up for consideration in the Senate since June 12, with a final vote expected today. "Outrageous that 10s of thousands untested sex assault kits sitting in crime labs or police lockers, "Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen....

9/15/2010 - Maloney and Kuster Win Big
Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, won big in her primary last night with over 80% of the vote....

12/16/2009 - Congressional Hearing Held on Rape Kit Backlog
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing yesterday on the national rape kit backlog, the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act, and current legislation introduced in the Senate that is intended to incentivize the processing of rape kits....

11/20/2009 - Rape Kit Backlog Bill Introduced in House of Representatives
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced a bill today in the House to address the national crisis of untested rape kit backlogs....

11/9/2009 - Senate Introduces Law to Fight Rape Kit Backlog
US Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill late last week that will address the national backlog of untested rape kits....

7/24/2008 - House Passes Grant for Processing Untested Rape Kits
The House of Representatives passed the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008 last week, which will help process a backlog of rape kits across the country....

10/13/2004 - Rape Kit Logjam Finally Broken
Little noticed in the unusual Saturday session, the Debbie Smith bill passed the US Senate....

12/11/2003 - IL: Group Pushes to Clear Rape Kit Backlog
A group of women in Chicago has banded together to address a mounting backlog of untested rape kits at the Illinois State Police Crime Lab....

11/13/2003 - House Passes DNA Testing Legislation
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act (HR 3214), authorizing over $1 billion to facilitating the testing and processing of DNA kits in criminal cases....

8/5/2003 - NYC Launches Program to Indict DNA Profiles
New York City yesterday unveiled an innovative project allowing indictments against DNA profiles matching biological evidence collected from unsolved sex crimes....

3/17/2003 - More Federal Dollars Proposed for DNA Testing
Attorney General John Ashcroft last week announced a proposal that would allocate $1 billion over five years for DNA testing....

9/27/2002 - Los Angeles City Council Moves to Strengthen Rape Investigations
With the help of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women , two Los Angeles city council members have proposed a new bill that would create a local version of the federal Debbie Smith Act, which authorizes money to reduce the national backlog of untested DNA rape kits....

9/16/2002 - Senate Passes Bill to Test More Rape Kits
The Senate last week unanimously approved the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2002 (S 2313), a bill aimed at reducing the growing nationwide backlog of DNA evidence for sexual assault cases....

8/2/2002 - Senate Committee Approves Bill to Test More Rape Kits
In an effort to address the growing backlog nationwide of DNA evidence for sexual assault cases, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the DNA Sexual Assault Justice Act of 2002 earlier this month....

8/2/2002 - LAPD Destroyed Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases; Reform of Police Procedure Urged
The Los Angeles Police Department has admitted that inadequate training caused the destruction of DNA evidence from over 1,100 sexual assault cases....

5/6/2002 - Bill Introduced to Improve DNA Evidence Collection for Sexual Assault Cases
The Debbie Smith Act, a bill requiring that health officials test rape victim DNA samples within 10 days of receipt, has been introduced in the House and Senate....