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Portantino pushes to abolish statue of limitations on rape

The statute of limitations would no longer apply the crime of rape under legislation introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge).

Portantino’s bill, AB 1682, would abolish the 10-year statute of limitations on rape cases. In a statement, Portantino said he proposed the measure as an alternative to his past efforts to force local law enforcement agencies to more quickly test “rape kits” provided by alleged victims.

Portantino’s rape kit bill passed the Legislature twice but was vetoed by both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown, in part because law enforcement agencies did not support it.

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