AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry will consider new measures to protect victims of sexual assault.
In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that would give victims the right to track physical evidence collected in a rape kit. It has already passed the House.
Another bill approved by both chambers requires hospitals to assemble rape kits or provide transfer to a different hospital.
Lawmakers heard testimony from a woman whose attacker escaped charges after she was unable to find a hospital willing to gather the evidence.
Recent versions of the state's proposed budget also include $11 million to clear a backlog of more than 22,000 untested evidence kits.
Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth has said her proposals would ensure victims are "made partners in the pursuit of justice."