In October 2019, Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 52 (SB52). It was codified into the following statutes:
- 46-15-404 Sexual assault evidence kit collection and storage — consent of patient — notice to law enforcement
- 46-15-405 Statewide sexual assault evidence kit tracking system — rulemaking
- 46-15-406 Notice of rights for victims of sexual assault
To read the bill, please visit SB52
As required by 46-15-405, MCA, DOJ was required to adopt rules that govern developing and using the Montana Sexual Assault Kit Track System. Montana healthcare facilities, law enforcement agencies, and crime laboratories shall use the DOJ Kit Track System as outlined in the rules. The ARMs may be found at https://sosmt.gov// (Department No. 23, Justice) or you may read the adopted DOJ Kit Track System rules by clicking 2021 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 12.
Please read the Attorney General’s memo that addresses the Montana Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System at 09.01.2021 Attorney General Memo, Montana Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System
The 2021 Montana Legislative Session passed HB0602. The bill’s short title is “require warrant for search of consumer DNA database”. To read the bill, please click HB 602 .