A Georgia Republican blocked a bill that had bipartisan support that would require police to find and count neglected sexual assault evidence.
State Sen. Renee Unterman said she’s not going to budge, and added that Democratic state Rep. Scott Holcomb, who sponsored the measure, has tried to score political points with the bill, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“If there was a problem, I would be Johnny on the spot and I would have written the legislation,” she said, adding: “I think he really overly politicized it in an election year and I’ve got a problem with that.”
Holcomb said, “In Georgia today, there are rape kits sitting on shelves, not moving. House Bill 827 fixes that. “And it is worth noting that the bill is supported by – and drafted with input from – law enforcement, victims’ rights groups and care providers,” he added.
“There’s no reason to write a law just because it makes you feel good,” Unterman told CBS 46.
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House Bill 827 passed the House unanimously last month, if Health and Human Services Committee Chair Sen. Rene Unterman won’t give in, the legislation could die off.
The left-leaning group Better Georgia told its members, “Let’s be clear: this bill would not just address the shocking issue of abandoned and untested rape kits; it would guide the process for rape kit collection and testing moving forward.”
“This is a simple, common sense proposal with overwhelming bipartisan support that would solve a big problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again. There is no good reason not to support it,’ the group stated.
Better Georgia urged its members to call Sen. Renee Unterman at (404) 463-1368 and “tell her to do the right thing for rape victims and let this bill move forward.”
Unterman also stalled a medical marijuana bill. That bill easily passed the House, too.
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