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Sexual assault evidence kit process improvements approved

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut State Senate lawmakers have unanimously approved legislation that would try to improve the processing of sexual assault evidence kits at the state's forensic laboratory.

In a 36-0 vote Monday, senators moved the bill out of the Senate to the House. The bill aims to improve processing for sexual assault evidence collection kits and was originally proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

It requires the state to continue maintaining the electronic tracking system for kits, and introduces a new policy for health care facilities to contact a sexual assault counselor upon the arrival of a victim at their facility.

Under the legislation, the commission must also advise the Chief State's Attorney on establishing a mandatory training program for health care staff on the kit-tracking software.

House legislators have until Wednesday at midnight to act. 

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