Effects of rape kit reform become evident as arrest made two decades after assault

Since 2001, a sexual assault victim has been waiting for justice. While today’s arrest is long overdue, it represents the first of many likely to happen as a result of the State of Alaska finally testing rape kits that sat untested for many years. Getting funding to test these kits was a priority for our state government, and the legislature stepped up to make it happen.

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Budget Whiplash: Cut, then funded, then vetoed, then funded again, and now vetoed again…

I’m calling this the Budget Whiplash Edition. So many important items in our state operating budget have been proposed to be cut, then funded by the legislature, then vetoed by the Governor, then re-funded by the legislature, only to be vetoed again. Who can keep up? This is no way to run a state. It’s not ok that the budget is being signed in late August, again with major implications and lasting changes for Alaskans. While it’s not all bad news, there are reasons to be concerned.

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