SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that would allow testing sexual assault suspects for the HIV virus is one step closer to becoming law.
The House on Thursday approved House Bill 324 on a 58-12 vote.
The legislation sponsored by Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, now goes before the Senate for further consideration.
If the bill becomes law, the victim of a sexual assault could ask the judge to have the defendant tested for HIV before the case is resolved.
If the victim is a minor, the parent or guardian could make the request, Greenwood said.
Currently, victims of sexual assault have to wait until the case is resolved and the defendant is sentenced before a judge will order an HIV test. Most cases take up to a year or longer to be resolved.