CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed legislation establish a regulatory system for nurses who collect forensic evidence after sexual assaults.
The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission would regulate Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at the county and state levels.
Bill sponsor Del. Barbara Fleischauer said Wednesday that the bill would develop a structure where evidence can be removed properly and later used in court.
Speaking in favor of the bill, Del. Carol Miller said the West Virginia State Police Forensics Lab estimates up to 75 percent of rape kits have collection or documentation errors.
She said it's important for forensic evidence to be collected and documented appropriately to protect the integrity of the DNA, and doing so will lead to increased convictions and justice for victims.