- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has signed a bill into law extending the time period for prosecuting rape and sexual battery to 25 years.

The bill signed Thursday also provides an additional five years for prosecution from the time a potential suspect is identified through DNA testing.

The legislation comes as the Attorney General’s Office continues to go through a backlog of untested rape kits, with numerous cases of DNA matches in a criminal database.

The bill’s sponsors were Republican Reps. Sarah LaTourette of Geauga (jee-AW’-guh) County in northeastern Ohio and Stephanie Kunze (KUHN’-zee) of Hilliard in suburban Columbus.

Opponents have told lawmakers they believe the bill is unconstitutional because it creates two classes of offenders - those whose cases involve DNA evidence, and those whose cases don’t.

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