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Speedier Forensic Rape Exams

Delegate Fleischauer was the lead sponsor of HB 4236 in 2014, which passed following several years of negotiations with stake-holders. The bill sets up a statewide system to expedite forensic examinations of sexual assault victims. Some women had to travel to other counties (almost always at night) and wait many, many hours before being provided with a proper examination to collect evidence of a rape. The mechanisms in the bill are intended to ensure that health care providers are properly trained and on staff in all regions of the state. Although it was vetoed by the Governor because of a technical flaw, the Governor re-introduced a corrected version, which passed as HB 108 during the first special session immediately following the regular session in 2014.

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