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March 1, 2013

Kansas Senate approves changes to rape law

The Kansas Senate has voted to abolish the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape.

The Kansas Senate has voted to abolish the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape.

Thursday's 40-0 Senate vote sends the bill to the House.

Kansas is among 10 states that now require a rape to be prosecuted within five years. The legislation does away with that limit.

The bill also allows for prosecution of a sexually violent crime to begin within 10 years if the victim is at least 18 years old.

For younger victims, prosecution would begin within one year of the date the suspect is identified through DNA testing, or within 10 years of the victim's 18th birthday, whichever is later.

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