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OHIO LAWMAKERS CONSIDER EXTENDING STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON RAPE AND SEXUAL BATTERY

A Senate committee is considering a proposal to extend the 20-year statute of limitations for rape and sexual battery.
    
Related bills in the Ohio House and Senate would provide an additional five years for prosecution from the time a potential suspect is identified through DNA testing.
    
The legislation comes as the Attorney General's office continues to plow through a backlog of untested rape kits, with numerous cases of DNA matches in a criminal database.
    
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee was scheduled to hear testimony and possibly vote Wednesday.
    
The House Judiciary Committee put off a vote Tuesday as opponents told lawmakers they believe the bill is unconstitutional because it creates two classes of offenders, those whose cases involve DNA evidence, and those whose cases don't.