CARSON CITY — An amendment to a rape kit tracking bill drew opposition in the Nevada Legislature on Wednesday, less than two weeks after it unanimously passed the Senate.
Senate Bill 169 would require each Nevada law enforcement agency to track the status of rape kits, which are used to gather DNA evidence and information from the crimes. The bill also would enable victims to use the internet to track the status of the kit.
The initial language of the bill called for the creation of a statewide tracking system, but bill sponsor Sen. Becky Harris told the Assembly Judiciary Committee the change was needed to avoid jeopardizing a federal grant the to the state.
“This bill would allow us to get caught up and to move forward in a productive way and make sure we’re testing these kits they way they need to be,” said Harris, R-Las Vegas.