Idaho Representative Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise). (Credit: Courtesy of the Idaho State Legislature)

A Boise lawmaker is continuing to work on improving sexual assault kit protocols. 

In the upcoming legislative session,  Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) plans to introduce a measure that puts in place a statewide standard for how rape kits are processed and how they are billed. 

"The state of Idaho is billing victim's private insurance for a forensic exam," Wintrow said.  "If you could imagine if your house was broken into and we charged your homeowner's insurance for fingerprinting people, we would not be happy. We would not stand for that so the same thing here."

Wintrow thinks the cost of rape kit exams should be billed directly to the state, so she's looking to find a funding source for that. 

"I don't think we ever want to put a victim of a crime who's been traumatized that way in a position to haggle with insurance," she said. "I don't want to worry about forms and processes. I want to be treated with care and dignity." 

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