HB13-1020 - Testing Evidence Of Sexual Assault

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Evidence Collected In Connection With A Sexual Assault.

The bill requires the executive director of the department of public safety to adopt rules concerning forensic medical evidence of a sexual assault (forensic evidence) collected by law enforcement agencies. The rules shall include:

  • Standards for when forensic evidence must be submitted by law enforcement agencies to the Colorado bureau of investigation or another accredited crime laboratory (laboratory); and
  • Time frames for when the forensic evidence must be submitted, analyzed, and compared to DNA databases.

The bill requires the consent of the victim prior to the release of forensic evidence following disclosure of the purpose for the release and allows the victim to withdraw consent.

To resolve the backlog of unanalyzed forensic evidence, the bill requires:

  • Law enforcement agencies to submit to the Colorado bureau of investigation (CBI) an inventory of all unanalyzed forensic evidence in active investigations that meets the standard for mandatory submission; and
  • The CBI to submit a plan to analyze all of the forensic evidence inventories by law enforcement agencies.

A law enforcement agency may develop its own plan to analyze forensic evidence if the evidence will be analyzed by June 30, 2014.

Latest update: June 5, 2013
06/05/2013 Governor Action - Signed
05/21/2013 Sent to the Governor
05/20/2013 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/17/2013 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/08/2013 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/07/2013 Senate Third Reading Passed
05/06/2013 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments
05/03/2013 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/24/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/16/2013 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
04/15/2013 House Third Reading Passed
04/12/2013 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments
04/12/2013 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/07/2013 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/09/2013 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations