BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed bills into law that offer support and protection for victims of sexual assault.
"I am proud to sign these crucial pieces of legislation into law that support and empower victims of sexual assault," says Gov. Jindal. "These bills will ensure that victims of these horrendous crimes receive the medical services they deserve, all without having to worry about the unnecessary burdens and expenses that come with those tests."
HB 835 ensures that hospitals don't bill individuals for costs associated with sexual assault cases, and requires agencies to submit rape kits for testing within 30 days of receiving a request from a prosecuting agency.
HB 143 will put the money from expired and unclaimed slot machine winnings toward covering the costs of sexual assault victim's medical services.
SB 255 will require annual surveys to be conducted on public and postsecondary college campuses about a school's sexual assault statistics. It will also provide trained advisers to schools with the purpose of informing students of all the ways they can report a sexual assault. SB 37 will get college and university police officers, as well as all peace officers, to undergo a sexual assault training program.
"We truly moved the ball forward this session when it comes to combating sexual assault," says Senator JP Morrell. "Mandating training and climate surveys through legislation is the most effective way to produce results, and we now lead the country in this area."