- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - House lawmakers passed two bills almost unanimously Wednesday that will knock down hurdles in the courtroom for victims of rape.

Senate Bill 1600 would remove the existing 12-year statute of limitations on first-degree sex crimes when there’s additional corroborating evidence, even if there’s no DNA evidence available.

Senate Bill 1571 would require law enforcement agencies to test all rape kits, including the existing backlog of thousands that have gone untested for years.

Oregon follows only a handful of other states that have addressed the backlog of untested rape kits and set requirements for future testing through legislative action. It also joins about 30 other states with no statutes of limitations on rape crimes.

Both proposals will go to Gov. Kate Brown, who is expected to sign them into law.

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