109.68 Establishment of statewide sexual assault examination kit tracking system.

(A) In consultation with the attorney general's advisory group on sexual assault examination kit tracking, the attorney general shall develop recommendations for establishing a statewide sexual assault examination kit tracking system. Based on those recommendations, the attorney general shall create, operate, and maintain the statewide tracking system and shall identify and allocate money for that purpose from the appropriate funds available to the attorney general.

(B) The attorney general may contract with state or private entities, including private software and technology providers, for the creation, operation, and maintenance of the statewide tracking system. The tracking system shall do all of the following:

(1) Track the status of sexual assault examination kits from the collection site through the criminal justice process, including the initial collection at medical facilities, inventory and storage by law enforcement agencies, analysis at crime laboratories, and storage or destruction after completion of analysis;

(2) Allow all entities that receive, maintain, store, or preserve sexual assault examination kits to update the status and location of the kits;

(3) Allow individuals to anonymously access the statewide tracking system regarding the location and status of their sexual assault examination kit.

(C) Not later than one year after creation of the statewide tracking system, all entities in the chain of custody of sexual assault examination kits shall participate in the system.

(D) The attorney general may adopt rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to facilitate the implementation of the statewide sexual assault examination kit tracking system pursuant to this section. Except as provided in division (B)(3) of this section, information contained in the statewide tracking system is confidential and not subject to public disclosure.


Added by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 201, §1, eff. 3/22/2019.