The House's 69-0 vote comes after emotional testimony in a committee meeting earlier this month, when victims of sexual assault told of how they've spent years waiting to see their rape kits tested.
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The bill's sponsor, House Minority Assistant Whip Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, said it took three years of work gathering input from law enforcement, the Utah State Crime Lab, and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to study what it would take to tackle Utah's backlog of untested rape kits.
Romero said the bill will help "identify sex offenders, prevent future sexual assaults and prevent innocent people from being convicted of crimes they did not commit." In addition to mandating testing on all but restricted rape kits — those involving victims who choose not to provide a personal statement to law enforcement — the bill would require law enforcement to submit kits within 30 days of receiving them.