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Bill Detail: HB23-1199

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Title Forensic Medical Evidence Process Improvements
Status Governor Signed (05/25/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/14/2023
Summary

The bill requires the department of public safety (department), by
December 31, 2024, to develop and maintain a statewide system for
victims of alleged sexual assault to monitor the status of evidence
obtained from their forensic medical evidence examinations. The system
must also provide relevant information for victims regarding the
processing, custody, analysis, and destruction of evidence, as well as
contact information for law enforcement and victim resources.
Under current law, the division of criminal justice (division) in the
department administers the sexual assault victim emergency payment
program (program), which assists victims of sexual assault with medical
expenses associated with a sexual assault. The bill repeals the
requirement that the department cap an amount payable per victim based
on reasonable costs and available funds and instead requires the
department to cap amounts payable to medical facilities seeking
reimbursement for services.
The bill prohibits a medical facility that administers a medical
forensic examination to a victim of an alleged sexual assault from billing
the victim or the victim's public or private coverage for medical fees or
costs associated with the examination unless the victim consents to the
billing. A medical facility that administers a forensic medical examination
may seek reimbursement from the program.

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