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Bill addresses funding to deal with rape kit backlog

Kai Porter
January 25, 2017 07:30 AM

New Mexico faces a huge backlog when it comes to untested rape kits. A new bill in the Legislature would free up some more money to help get those kits tested.

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The lawmaker sponsoring this bill says the state labs already have the money necessary to tackle their backlogs. He’s trying to get the Albuquerque Police Crime Lab more money for its backlog.

Senate Bill 7 would give $1.2 million from the state’s general fund to the City of Albuquerque lab for the next two fiscal years. That money would then be used by APD’s crime lab to process its remaining rape kits.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque,  said he isn’t sure where the state money would come from yet – but they’re asking Albuquerque to chip in too.

“We’re asking the City of Albuquerque to pony up money from their budget and we’re going to combine the money, and those two amounts combined should if not completely solve the problem it will get close to solving it,” McSorley said.

Specifically, the bill asks Albuquerque to contribute $2 million for the next two fiscal years to help test the rape kits.

The bill passed its first hurdle, the public affairs committee, Tuesday afternoon. It heads to the senate finance committee next.

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