Louisiana legislature bans charging sexual assault victims for exams

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Louisiana state legislature banned the practice of charging sexual assault victims for rape kits under a new bill that's headed to the governor's office.

The legislation is made up of two bills; one that bans hospitals from charging the victims for the exams and another that will reimburse hospitals for the kits with unclaimed gambling winnings.

Even though the practice was already banned under the federal Violence Against Women Act, Louisiana still billed survivors, especially if they decided not to pursue charges.

Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign both bills into law.