Daily Journal masthead

Gov. Bobby Jindal signs into law bills reworking state sexual assault standards in Louisiana


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a package of bills to revamp how Louisiana treats victims of rape.

The new standards dictate the way hospitals, authorities and public colleges investigate sexual assault and treat the victims. One key provision bars health care providers from billing victims for forensic exams, pregnancy testing and STD testing.

The measures also address how sexual assaults are investigated on college campuses.

Jindal said in a statement that victims of "horrendous crimes" like rape deserve to receive medical care "without having to worry."

Victims' advocates say Louisiana has long been behind the times. That prompted Rep. Helena Moreno and Sen. J.P. Morrell, both New Orleans Democrats, to push the bills Jindal signed Tuesday.

House Bills 143 and 835, Senate Bills 37 and 255: http://www.legis.la.gov

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow Daily Journal:

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.