MARYLAND SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE KIT POLICY & FUNDING COMMITTEE

Chair: Elizabeth M. Embry, designee of Attorney General


[photo, St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland] Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Justice D. Schisler, 2022; one vacancy

Appointed by Attorney General to 4-year terms: Shannon Berkey; Pamela Holtzinger; Teresa M. Long; Steven A. O'Dell; Scott D. Shellenberger; Elizabeth Wynkoop.

Appointed by Senate President: Edward J. Kasemeyer; Delores G. Kelley.

Appointed by House Speaker: Aruna Miller; one vacancy

Ex officio: Keneithia J. Taylor, designee of Secretary of Health; vacancy, designee of Secretary of Human Services; Daniel E. Katz, designee of Secretary of State Police; D. Scott Beard, Executive Director, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Staff: Zenita Wickham Hurley

St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


c/o Criminal Division, Office of Attorney General
St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-7939
e-mail: zhurley@oag.state.md.us
web: www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/pages/groups/saek.aspx


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Jan. 1, beginning 2019 (Chapter 659, Acts of 2017).

In June 2017, the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee formed (Chapter 659, Acts of 2017).

The Committee is charged with developing and disseminating best practices information and recommendations on the testing and retention of sexual assualt evidence collection kits; the payment for those kits; and increasing the availability of sexual assault evidence collection exams for alleged victims of sexual assault. Moreover, the Committee will develop and disseminate such information and recommendations to reduce the shortage of forensic nurse examiners; increase the availability of information to sexual assault victims; and promote coordination among State agencies, victim services providers, local law enforcement, and local sexual assault response teams. In addition, the Committee is to evaluate State and local funding needs to determine if funds are sufficient and appropriate to implement best practices.

Seventeen members constitute the Committee. Six are appointed by the Attorney General, two by the Governor, two by the Senate President, and two by the House Speaker. Four serve ex officio, and the Attorney General chairs the Committee (Code Criminal Procedure Article, sec. 11-927).

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