The Louisiana Legislature has given final approval to measures that seek to establish guidelines for how the state handles victims of sexual assault and prevent them from being charged for their own forensic exams.
The House granted final approval on Tuesday, after the Senate made small changes last week. The legislation now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal for approval.
House Bills 143 and 835 were proposed this session, following reports that some sexual assault victims were being billed for their exams.
Under House Bill 143, some unclaimed gambling winnings will now go to a fund that will cover the costs.
House Bill 835, meanwhile, would bar hospitals and clinics from sending bills to victims for the exams or healthcare services related to sexually-oriented criminal offenses, including testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy tests. Billings could go to the Crime Victims Reparations Board.