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H.B. 181

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM by jeyring. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 11:38 AM by ddonat. -->              1     




Chief Sponsor: Tim M. Cosgrove

Senate Sponsor: Ross I. Romero

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows law enforcement agencies to destroy sexual assault forensic
             10      examination evidence after a specific period of time and notice to the victim.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows law enforcement agencies to dispose of sexual assault forensic examinations
             14      after H. [ 90 ] 120 .H days have passed and H. [ no case has been filed ] the victim has not
             14a1      contacted the law
             14a      enforcement agency .H ;
             15          .    requires the agency to inform the victim of a sexual assault that the examination
             16      with all documents and physical evidence may be destroyed after a period of time;
             17      and
             18          .    allows the victim of a sexual assault to receive back any clothing or personal affects
             19      kept as part of the examination, if the victim so chooses.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      ENACTS:
             26          77-24-6, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 77-24-6 is enacted to read:
             30          77-24-6. Disposition of sexual assault forensic examinations.
             31          (1) Law enforcement agencies that receive sexual assault forensic examination
             32      evidence from a facility that conducts sexual assault forensic examinations may dispose of all
             33      documents and physical evidence after H. [ 90 ] 120 .H days from the date of receipt if the victim:
             34          (a) was 18 years of age or older at the time of the examination; and
             35          (b) has not contacted the law enforcement agency to report the criminal offense.
             36          (2) Disposal may consist of:
             37          (a) destruction of all documents and physical evidence; or
             38          (b) returning to the victim any clothing or other personal affects received during the
             39      examination and destruction of the rest of the documents and physical evidence.
             40          (3) The victim of a sexual assault shall be notified that the contents of the examination
             41      may be destroyed after H. [ 90 ] 120 .H days:
             42          (a) at the time of the examination; and
             43          (b) at least 14 days before destruction by letter mailed through the U.S. Postal Service
             44      to the address given during the examination.
             45          (4) Law enforcement agencies that destroy sexual assault forensic examination
             46      evidence in accordance with this statute may not be held liable for the destruction of potential
             47      evidence in a proceeding regarding the sexual assault of a victim.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-30-08 5:10 PM

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