Oct 29, 2014 10:56 AM by News Staff
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - Tulare County will require suspects in sex crimes to give a sample of blood or saliva within 48 hours of being charged to test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The Fresno Bee reports the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the new local ordinance.
It is tougher than existing state law, which allows for obtaining the sample from anyone accused of a long list of sex crimes - but does not specifically require that the sample be obtained within 48-hours after an indictment is filed.
Board of Supervisors chairman Phil Cox says the new rule will help out law enforcement.
The newspaper says the ordinance complies with a federal grant program requirement. Since 2004, the county has received about $300,000 annually from the Office of Violence Against Women to enforce domestic violence laws.
Information from: The Fresno Bee
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