The Department of State Police shall establish a multidisciplinary committee on the tracking of sexual assault forensic evidence kits. The committee shall:
Develop recommendations for establishing a statewide electronic sexual assault forensic evidence kit tracking system.
Identify and pursue state and federal funding to establish the tracking system, including grants.
Be composed of members that include law enforcement professionals, crime lab personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, victim attorneys, survivors and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners.
Monitor the tracking system’s implementation for at least two years and recommend necessary modifications.
The department shall implement the recommendations of the multidisciplinary committee and create and maintain the statewide electronic sexual assault forensic evidence kit tracking system. The department may contract with public or private entities, including but not limited to private software and technology providers, for the creation, operation and maintenance of the tracking system. The tracking system must:
Record the status of sexual assault forensic evidence kits from the collection site throughout the criminal justice process, including but not limited to the initial collection at medical facilities, inventory and storage by law enforcement agencies or crime labs, analysis at crime laboratories and storage or destruction after completion or analysis.
Allow all agencies or facilities that receive, maintain, store or preserve sexual assault forensic evidence kits to update the status and location of the kits.
Allow a victim of sexual assault, or a parent or guardian of a victim if the victim is a minor, to anonymously access the system and to receive updates regarding the location of the victim’s sexual assault forensic evidence kit and the status of analysis, including but not limited to the initiation and completion of testing.
Use electronic technology that allows continuous access to the tracking system by victims, medical facilities, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, private laboratories and crime laboratories.
(a) The department may phase in the requirement of initial participation in the tracking system according to region, volume of sexual assault forensic evidence kits or other appropriate classifications.
Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, all law enforcement agencies, medical facilities, crime laboratories and other facilities that receive, maintain, store or preserve sexual assault forensic evidence kits are required to fully participate in the tracking system within one year of the tracking system’s initial date of operation.
The task force consists of 16 members appointed as follows:
The President of the Senate, in consultation with the Senate Minority Leader, shall appoint two nonvoting members from among members of the Senate. The two members appointed under this paragraph may not be from the same political party.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, in consultation with the House Minority Leader, shall appoint two nonvoting members from among members of the House of Representatives. The two members appointed under this paragraph may not be from the same political party.
The Governor shall appoint 12 members as follows:
The coordinator of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.
Two survivors of sexual assault with experience with the sexual assault forensic evidence kit collection.
A sexual assault nurse examiner.
A person designated by the Superintendent of State Police who has expertise in the analysis of sexual assault forensic evidence kits.
A person with experience seeking and applying for grants and other private funding.
A person representing law enforcement agencies located in rural jurisdictions.
A person representing law enforcement agencies located in urban jurisdictions.
A person representing the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.
An attorney with experience prosecuting crimes.
An attorney with experience in criminal defense.
A sexual assault victims’ advocate from a community-based organization.
The task force shall:
Examine the process for gathering and analyzing sexual assault forensic evidence kits in this state;
Examine and identify improvements for law enforcement training on responding to and investigating sexual assaults;
Examine and identify improvements for victim access to evidence other than sexual assault forensic evidence kits, including but not limited to police reports and other physical evidence;
Examine and identify possible procedures for the testing of anonymous kits;
Examine and identify additional rights of victims concerning the sexual assault forensic evidence kit testing process;
Identify and pursue grants and other funding sources in order to eliminate the backlog of untested sexual assault forensic evidence kits, reduce testing wait times, provide victim notification and improve efficiencies in the kit testing process; and
A report that includes recommendations for legislation no later than December 1, 2018.
A final report that includes a status update on the implementation of the sexual assault forensic evidence kit tracking system and recommendations for legislation no later than December 1, 2020.
The Legislative Policy and Research Director shall provide staff support to the task force.
Members of the task force who are not members of the Legislative Assembly are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). Claims for expenses incurred in performing functions of the task force shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the Legislative Policy and Research Director for purposes of the task force.
All agencies of state government, as defined in ORS 174.111 (“State government” defined), are directed to assist the task force in the performance of the task force’s duties and, to the extent permitted by laws relating to confidentiality, to furnish information and advice the members of the task force consider necessary to perform their duties. [2016 c.89 §7; 2018 c.55 §4]Sec. 8. Section 7, chapter 89, Oregon Laws 2016, is repealed on June 30, 2021. [2016 c.89 §8; 2018 c.55 §5]