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Senate passes bill to stop charging sex crime victims for evidence collection

The Idaho Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill to stop charging sexual assault victims for medical tests used to collect evidence. (KBOI photo)

The Idaho Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill to stop charging sexual assault victims for medical tests used to collect evidence.

Currently, victims of rape and other sex crimes are the only victims in Idaho to be charged for evidence collection in crimes.

The bill addresses intrusive medical tests at a hospital or a clinic that can take more than three hours and include the taking of photographs.

The bill would require Idaho to stop charging the victims' insurance for these tests and take the money for the examinations from other state-funded programs.

The bill has already passed the House but because the version passed by the Senate has some minor changes, it will go back to the House to make sure lawmakers there sign off on everything

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