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H.R.354: Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor Ted Poe, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 24 (18 Democrats, 6 Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 23, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 28, 2013
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Bill Summary

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act of 2013 or the SAFER Act of 2013 - Amends the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to authorize the Attorney General to make Debbie Smith grants under such Act to states or local governments to: (1) conduct audits of samples of sexual assault evidence that are awaiting testing; and (2) ensure that the collection and processing of DNA evidence by law enforcement agencies from crimes is carried out in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with specified protocols and practices. Requires not less than 5% but not more than 7% of Debbie Smith grant funds distributed in FY2014-FY2017 to be awarded for such audits if sufficient applications to justify such amounts are received by the Attorney General, provided such award doesn't decrease funds for other distribution requirements.

Authorizes the Attorney General to award such a grant to a state or local government for auditing sexual assault evidence backlogs onl...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 28, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
Jan. 23, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.