Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Targeting Rape Kit Backlog

Abbott said at an afternoon press conference in Dallas the bill would better address and provide justice for survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure into law on Tuesday that aims to eliminate the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in Texas.

Abbott's approval comes as states across the country are using legislation to bolster testing requirements and attempt to clear their own buildup of untested rape kits.

The Texas measure mandates law enforcement agencies conduct an audit to determine the number, status, and location of all of the untested rape kits in the state and then set timelines to ensure they are analyzed. It also allocates roughly $50 million toward hiring more workers at the state's crime labs and expands access to sexual assault nurse examiners for underserved populations.

Abbott said at an afternoon press conference in Dallas the bill would better address and provide justice for survivors of rape and sexual assault.

"One of the best strategies is the forensic testing of rape kits, but thousands of these kits have languished untested for years," Abbott said.

The new law follows Texas lawmakers' latest attempt in a long effort to tackle the state's rape kit backlog. In 2017, the Texas Legislature approved a bill that allowed drivers to offer donations to help the clear the pileup.

1 day, 13 hours ago

Governor Cooper’s Failing Grade On Teacher Pay

Roy Cooper likes to talk a big game about supporting educators, but when the time came to take action his words were exposed as empty rhetoric as he repeatedly vetoed higher pay for hardworking teachers.

1 day, 16 hours ago

Vice President Mike Pence: Greg Gianforte Is The Law And Order Governor Montana Needs

Vice President Mike Pence made it crystal clear that Montanans need a reprieve from the failed Bullock-Cooney administration and offered a full-throated endorsement of Greg Gianforte for governor.

3 days, 14 hours ago

Missouri Dem Used State Resources to Boost Gubernatorial Campaign

Galloway used taxpayer funds to boost her gubernatorial campaign

6 days, 19 hours ago

Radical Pro-“Defund The Police” Group Endorses Roy Cooper

In case the contrast in the North Carolina governor’s race couldn’t be more clear, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper received an endorsement from far-left NextGen

6 days, 19 hours ago

#TBT To The Time Justin Fairfax Said Sexual Assault Allegations “Raised His Public Profile For Good”

THROWBACK THURSDAY to February 2019, when Virginia Democrats made the Commonwealth a national embarrassment.

1 week, 1 day ago

Fire Fighters Back Sununu While Feltes Touts Endorsement From Extreme Anti-Police, Pro-Green New Deal Group

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire announced their endorsement of Governor Chris Sununu