April 6, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Harpers Ferry, WV – Governor Justice recently signed HB 4347 into law, which will now allow any individual applying for the issuance or renewal of a driver’s license to voluntarily contribute to the State Police Forensic Laboratory Forensic Fund. HB 4347 was introduced and championed by Delegate Riley Moore during this year’s legislative session. Voluntary Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) donations have been hugely successful in other states like Texas in providing the necessary funds for processing DNA evidence, such as rape kits.
Last year, Delegate Moore’s bill (now law), HB 2980, created the State Police Forensic Laboratory Fund and provided for the first-time consistent resources to process the back log of forensic evidence in the state. This year’s bill HB 4347 builds on that success and provides even more resources for our State Police and a faster path to justice for victims of violent crime in our communities.
Explaining HB 4347, Delegate Moore stated, “Last year, when I introduced HB 2980 to create the State Police Forensic Laboratory Fund, there were over 4,800 statewide lab submissions waiting to be tested – ranging from rape kits to homicide evidence. In the short time since my bill took effect in July of 2017 to the beginning of this year, that number has dropped by over 1,400 lab submissions. My bill this year will increase support for these efforts and will provide even more funds for this critical work. HB 4347 will help enable our justice system to seek a swift resolution for the victims of violent crime. I truly hope this measure can contribute to providing some level of violent crime deterrence in our communities.”