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Submission of Rape Kits Must Continue to Increase

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2016
 
Contact:      Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                    Utah House Democratic Caucus
                    801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
House Democrat Urges Continued Work on Submission of Rape Kits
 
Salt Lake City
- House Democratic Representative Angela Romero urged continued work on submission of rape kits in Utah following a release of a BYU study finding that those submissions were dramatically lower than most other states.

She said, “This finding is an issue that many people involved in the Sexual Assault Kit Processing Work Group have been working on for several years. The group has created ways for local and state agencies to properly and professionally offer support to victims of sexual assault, including lowering the backlog of rape kits in Utah. The low submission numbers are a symptom of a problem across our state - that victims are not currently protected by a system that was created to do so.
 
We’ve seen a dramatic increase in attention to this issue, including the state’s Start By Believing day and appropriations allocated to testing unprocessed rape kits. This needs to be a top priority to everyone in our state, for health and public safety. I will work closely with my colleagues to make sure this happens. I appreciate the attention the report has brought to an issue we have struggled to solve for so long. It is our duty as elected officials to ensure that ALL rape kits are tested in a timely manner. I am committed to creating policy that will enact this change.”
 
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Final Budget Negotiations Strip WPU, Opts for Funding Federal Building

Media Statement

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016

 

Contact:    Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

                       Utah House Democratic Caucus

                       801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

 

Final Budget Negotiations Strip WPU, Opts for Funding Federal Building

 

Salt Lake City - Executive Appropriations Committee met tonight to work out the final details of funding projects for the state budget - including the rate at which individual students are funded in public education. Democrats moved to prioritize an increase in the WPU, as well as making college more affordable to underprivileged students. Those attempts were voted down, with student athlete stipends and state funding of a federal building taking precedence.

 

Representative Joel Briscoe said, “This critical budget process can be confusing or boring or both. The problem with this confusion is that a lot of people miss really important line items. We can fund education at the levels our students need, if we are willing to occasionally make the unpopular decision to stop funding projects that have little to no bearing on our state’s bottom line. If you want good schools you have to pay for them. If you want a good economy, you have to invest in the people that make it great. We have the money, but not the will.”


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