SB 391-FN - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 391-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21
This bill codifies the rights of sexual assault survivors.
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19Apr2018... 1311h 18-2902
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights
21-M:18 Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights.
I. In addition to the rights of a crime victim provided in RSA 21-M:8-k, a sexual assault survivor shall have the following rights:
(a) The right not to be prevented from, or charged for, receiving a medical examination.
(b) The right to:
(1) Have a sexual assault evidence collection kit or its probative contents preserved, without charge, for the duration of the maximum applicable statute of limitations or 20 years, whichever is shorter;
(2) Be informed of any result of a sexual assault evidence collection kit, including a DNA profile match, toxicology report, or other information collected as part of a medical forensic examination, if such disclosure would not impede or compromise an ongoing investigation; and
(3) Be informed in writing of policies governing the collection and preservation of a sexual assault evidence collection kit.
(c) The right, if the state intends to destroy or dispose of a sexual assault evidence collection kit or its probative contents before the expiration date of the maximum applicable statute of limitations, to:
(1) Upon written request, receive written notification from the prosecutor or appropriate state official with custody not later than 60 days before the date of the intended destruction or disposal; and
(2) Upon written request, be granted further preservation of the kit or its probative contents.
(d) The right to be informed of the rights under this section.
II. In this subdivision, "sexual assault survivor" includes a deceased victim of sexual assault.
21-M:19 Notification of Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights.
I. The attorney general shall provide written notice regarding sexual assault survivors' rights in RSA 21-M:18 to medical centers, hospitals, forensic examiners, sexual assault service providers, state and local law enforcement agencies, and any other state agency or department reasonably likely to serve sexual assault survivors; and shall make the information set forth in RSA 21-M:18 publicly available on the attorney general's Internet website.
II. In addition to the rights set forth in RSA 21-M:18, the attorney general shall provide written notice of the following rights to those entities listed in paragraph I:
(a) The right not to be charged fees for or otherwise prevented from pursuing a sexual assault evidence collection kit.
(b) The right to have a medical examination regardless of whether the survivor reports to or cooperates with law enforcement, and the right to have such examination at no cost pursuant to RSA 21-M:8-c.
(c) The availability of assistance from the office of victim/witness assistance pursuant to RSA 21-M:8-b.
(d) The availability of protective orders and policies related to their enforcement.
(e) Policies regarding the storage, preservation, and disposal of sexual assault evidence collection kits.
(f) The process, if any, to request preservation of sexual assault evidence collection kits or the probative evidence from such kits.
(g) The availability of victim's compensation and restitution pursuant to RSA 21-M:8-k.
Approved: June 18, 2018
Effective Date: August 17, 2018
|Jan. 9, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|March 8, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 28, 2018||House||Hearing|
|April 3, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|April 19, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|April 19, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 1|
|Jan. 9, 2018||Hearing: 01/09/2018, Room 100, SH, 09:20 am; SC 48|
|March 8, 2018||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0956s, 03/08/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 10A|
|March 8, 2018||Committee Amendment # 2018-0956s, AA, VV; 03/08/2018; SJ 6|
|March 8, 2018||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-0956s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/08/2018; SJ 6|
|March 7, 2018||Introduced 03/07/2018 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 7 P. 53|
|March 28, 2018||Public Hearing: 03/28/2018 10:30 AM LOB 204|
|April 3, 2018||Executive Session: 04/03/2018 LOB 204|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1311h (NT) (Vote 19-0; CC)|
|April 19, 2018||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1311h (NT) for 04/19/2018 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 15 P. 4|
|April 19, 2018||Amendment # 2018-1311h: AA VV 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 4|
|April 19, 2018||Ought to Pass with Amendment 1311h: MA VV 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 4|
|April 19, 2018||Reconsider SB 391 (Rep. Welch): MA VV 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 13|
|April 19, 2018||Special Order to regular place on the next calendar (Rep. Welch): MA VV 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 13|
|April 26, 2018||Ought to Pass with Amendment 1311h: MA RC 315-22 04/26/2018|
|May 2, 2018||Sen. Carson Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 05/02/2018;|
|May 10, 2018||Enrolled 05/10/2018|
|May 10, 2018||Enrolled (In recess 05/10/2018); SJ 18|
|June 18, 2018||Signed by the Governor on 06/18/2018; Chapter 0276; Effective 08/17/2018|