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Governor Snyder Approves Rules For Testing Rape-Evidence Kits

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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law establishing timelines and processes for testing rape-evidence kits.

The governor signed the legislation Thursday afternoon at the Michigan State Police forensic science lab just outside of Lansing.

The law requires police to obtain a kit from a health care facility within 14 days of being notified. Police will have 14 more days to submit the kit to a lab, where it will be analyzed within 90 days if there are "sufficient staffing and resources."

“Crime victims need to know that law enforcement agencies will respond quickly, with evidence analyzed in an urgent manner so police can find the people responsible for the crimes and bring them to justice,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “This is about giving our residents peace of mind, and making Michigan a safer place.”

The state is spending $4 million to test thousands of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit. After taking over the city's crime lab in 2008, state police discovered more than 11,000 untested rape-evidence boxes dating back 25 years.

6 News' Emerald Morrow will have more on 6 News at 11.

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