Legislator Calls for Tougher Rape Kit Testing Procedures

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson says he plans to introduce legislation making it mandatory to test all rape kits. Coming weeks after Memphis police admitted that 12,000 rape kits -- dating back to the early 1980s -- have not been tested, the bill requires that evidence be submitted within 10 days of collection to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) or to a TBI-authorized lab for testing, Parkinson said. Once those kits are submitted, whoever is testing them would then have six months to make sure they are processed. WREG News Channel 3 has more.