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

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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

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