Kansas Lawmakers Approve Changes To Rape Law

By: AP (Posted by Amanda Bossard)
By: AP (Posted by Amanda Bossard)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators appear likely to abolish the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape.

The House approved a bill on a 123-0 vote Friday, one day after the Senate approved its own legislation.

Each chamber's bill went to the other. The content of the two measures are identical.

Kansas is among 10 states now requiring a rape to be prosecuted within five years. Both bills would eliminate that limit.

Each measure also allows for prosecution of a sexually violent crime within 10 years if the victim is at least 18 years old.

For younger victims, prosecution would begin within one year of the date the suspect is identified through DNA testing, or within 10 years of the victim's 18th birthday, whichever is later.

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