Through HB 1109 the attorney general may: (a) support law enforcement officials in the investigation of cold cases involving sexual assault; (b) support prosecutors in the litigation of cold cases involving sexual assault; and (c) conduct seminars and training sessions on the prosecution of cold cases involving sexual assault. It creates the Washington sexual assault initiative pilot project within the office of the attorney general to provide funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in seeking a just resolution to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. It would also create the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices to: (1) review best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations; and (2) reduce the number of untested sexual assault examination kits that were collected. It requires the criminal justice training commission to provide training for persons responsible for investigating sexual assault cases involving adult victims. To support these efforts, it levies a four-dollar fee upon the admission to a sexually oriented live adult entertainment establishment.
Passed out of the House. Passed out of the Senate on Apr 11. House concurs in Senate amendments on Apr 20. Governor signed on May 16. Effective date is 7/23/17.