Senator Leyva Will Reintroduce Rape Kit Testing Legislation Next Session

Monday, October 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 1449:

“Though I am angry and disappointed by the Governor’s decision to veto SB 1449, I am as motivated now as ever to make sure that all newly collected rape kits are promptly tested in California. Just as the Legislature approved the bill unanimously, I have spoken to many rape survivors, survivor advocates, law enforcement leaders, and residents across our state who firmly agree that we must require the swift testing of all new rape kits.  Though today may be a bump in the road, I commit to staying the course until we can fully ensure justice for survivors. We should never forget that these untested rape kits each represent a person, and they all need to be tested so we can identify assailants and help to put them behind bars so we can remind survivors that they matter.  The fight continues!”