AUSTIN, Texas -- A bill that requires law enforcement agencies to submit rape kits to crime labs within 30 days of the evidence being collected is headed to Gov. Rick Perry s desk.

The Senate gave a final vote Friday to the bill aiming to address the backlog of sexual assault evidence that never gets tested.

The bill also requires agencies to take inventory of untested rape kits in their offices.

Fort Worth Democrat Sen. Wendy Davis said she wrote her bill after an investigation revealed thousands of rape kits in Texas that had gone untested.

The bill has seen wide support because of the number of people Texas has had to exonerate after DNA evidence proved them innocent.

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