Wis. Republican says rape kit test bill will pass

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A key Republican state lawmaker says a bipartisan bill with broad support designed to prevent future backlogs in testing of evidence collected following a sexual assault will likely pass the Legislature sometime next year.

The comments from Rep. Joe Sanfelippo Tuesday come after Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and advocates pressed for action.

Sanfelippo says he planned to hold a hearing on the bill and expected it would be pass before the end of session next year. The Senate passed it in October but the measure has languished in the Assembly. That inaction led Kaul and advocates to call for action.

Sanfelippo says he had reservations about the bill, but says there is pressure to pass it "because it looks good from a political standpoint."

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has said he would sign it.