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OR Senate passes 'Melissa's Law' to require testing on all rape kits

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A new bill has been passed by the Oregon Senate requiring all rape kits to be tested.

The bill, formally known as SB 1571, is called Melissa's Law. It's named after 14-year-old Melissa Bitler, who was raped and murdered in Portland in 2001.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Friday.

The bill requires all sexual assault forensic evidence, or SAFE, kits to be submitted for testing within 21 days of the kit's initial collection.

Oregon State Police say as of 2015, there were more than 5,600 untested rape kits in the state. They say processing the kits could lead to the arrests of the people who commit sex crimes.

Melissa's Law will now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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