Rape kit bill headed to Cuomo’s desk

Another important change to the law headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The bill says police must submit rape kits containing DNA evidence to laboratories within 10 days of collecting it and requires labs to process evidence within 90 days. The measure calls for clearing any backlog of the evidence kits, which can be used to identify suspects whose DNA is already in police databases. Other changes include requiring police submit older rape kits to labs within 180 days, with the DNA evidence due back from the labs 120 days after that.