Kaul puts pressure on Republicans to act on rape test bill

Wisconsin Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and advocates for sexual assault victims is calling on Republicans to take action on a bill designed to prevent future backlogs in the testing of evidence collected following a sexual assault.

The proposal would set new timelines and protocols for nurses, victims and members of law enforcement. It was developed by lawmakers, victims’ rights advocates, members of law enforcement and others after years of discussion amid criticism of the state’s backlog.

The measure has broad bipartisan support but has languished in the Assembly. The Senate approved it in October.

Kaul on Tuesday called on the chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, Republican Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, to hold a hearing on the bill.

Sanfelippo did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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