Texas lawmakers advance sexual assault bill

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 4:37 PM

AUSTIN -- Hospitals would have to provide enhanced treatment for victims of sexual assault under a proposal advancing in the Texas Legislature.

In a 31-0 vote on Wednesday, the Texas Senate approved SB 1191 by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth.  The bill would require nearly every hospital to either provide the resources necessary to gather physical evidence or to provide a transfer to a different hospital.

Last month, lawmakers heard testimony from a woman who drove to three different hospitals seeking to preserve the physical evidence. Her attacker went free.

The bill would also require a state agency to keep a list of hospitals that perform the service.

Separate budget proposals include millions of dollars to test a backlog of more than 22,000 evidence kits.

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