Lawmakers Poised to Allot $1.5 Million to Help State Police Process Sexual Assault Kits

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 9:12am
Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian

(Shutterstock)State lawmakers are poised to set aside $1.5 million to help Oregon state police hire more crime lab technicians to process sexual assault kit evidence as part of Melissa's Bill.

"Can't think of money better spent than this,'' said state Sen. Chip Shields, D-Portland, co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety. The committee voted Monday to recommend the bill to the full committee with an amendment adding the funding.

The full committee voted Tuesday to pass the bill with the amendment to the Senate floor.

The $1.5 million will allow state police to hire nine full-time employees in its DNA and biology lab sections: seven forensic scientists, one forensic support specialist and a supervisor for the DNA section.

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Source: The Oregonian



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