2017 ORS 181A.326¹
Notification to law enforcement agency when kit collected

A medical facility collecting sexual assault forensic evidence kits shall, within seven days after the collection of a kit, notify the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over a possible sexual assault criminal investigation that the kit has been collected. [2016 c.89 §5]

Note: See note under 181A.322 (Short title).

Note: Sections 7 and 8, chapter 89, Oregon Laws 2016, provide:

Sec. 7. Task Force on the Testing of Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Kits. (1) The Task Force on the Testing of Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Kits is established.

(2) The task force consists of 16 members appointed as follows:

(a) The President of the Senate, in consultation with the Senate Minority Leader, shall appoint two nonvoting members from among members of the Senate. The two members appointed under this paragraph may not be from the same political party.

(b) The Speaker of the House of Representatives, in consultation with the House Minority Leader, shall appoint two nonvoting members from among members of the House of Representatives. The two members appointed under this paragraph may not be from the same political party.

(c) The Governor shall appoint 12 members as follows:

(A) The coordinator of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.

(B) Two survivors of sexual assault with experience with the sexual assault forensic evidence kit collection.

(C) A sexual assault nurse examiner.

(D) A person designated by the Superintendent of State Police who has expertise in the analysis of sexual assault forensic evidence kits.

(E) A person with experience seeking and applying for grants and other private funding.

(F) A person representing law enforcement agencies located in rural jurisdictions.

(G) A person representing law enforcement agencies located in urban jurisdictions.

(H) A person representing the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.

(I) An attorney with experience prosecuting crimes.

(J) An attorney with experience in criminal defense.

(K) A sexual assault victims’ advocate from a community-based organization.

(3) The task force shall:

(a) Examine the process for gathering and analyzing sexual assault forensic evidence kits in this state;

(b) Examine and identify improvements for law enforcement training on responding to and investigating sexual assaults;

(c) Examine and identify improvements for victim access to evidence other than sexual assault forensic evidence kits, including but not limited to police reports and other physical evidence;

(d) Examine and identify possible procedures for the testing of anonymous kits;

(e) Examine and identify additional rights of victims concerning the sexual assault forensic evidence kit testing process; and

(f) Identify and pursue grants and other funding sources in order to eliminate the backlog of untested sexual assault forensic evidence kits, reduce testing wait times, provide victim notification and improve efficiencies in the kit testing process.

(4) A majority of the voting members of the task force constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

(5) Official action by the task force requires the approval of a majority of the voting members of the task force.

(6) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as chairperson.

(7) If there is a vacancy for any cause, the appointing authority shall make an appointment to become immediately effective.

(8) The task force shall meet at times and places specified by the call of the chairperson or of a majority of the voting members of the task force.

(9) The task force may adopt rules necessary for the operation of the task force.

(10)(a) The task force shall complete the duties described in subsection (3) of this section no later than July 31, 2018.

(b) The task force shall submit, in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature), a report that includes recommendations for legislation to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to the judiciary no later than December 1, 2018.

(11) The Committee Services office of the Legislative Assembly shall provide staff support to the task force.

(12) Members of the task force who are not members of the Legislative Assembly are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). Claims for expenses incurred in performing functions of the task force shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the Committee Services office of the Legislative Assembly for purposes of the task force.

(13) All agencies of state government, as defined in ORS 174.111 (“State government” defined), are directed to assist the task force in the performance of the task force’s duties and, to the extent permitted by laws relating to confidentiality, to furnish information and advice the members of the task force consider necessary to perform their duties. [2016 c.89 §7]

Sec. 8. Section 7 of this 2016 Act is repealed on June 30, 2019. [2016 c.89 §8]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 181A—State Police; Crime Reporting and Records; Public Safety Standards and Training; Private Security Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors181A.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.