The true story of how Georgia's politicians came together to solve a major problem.
Sometimes it seems there's nothing that can bring Democrats and Republicans together, but Georgia state Rep. Scott Holcomb begs to differ.
</div></div></div><p>If it seems ridiculous that law enforcement chooses not to analyze every sexual assault evidence kit, that's because it is.</p><p><div id="upworthyFreeStarVideoAdContainer"><div id="freestar-video-parent"><div id="freestar-video-child"></div></div></div></p><p>Sadly, <a href="http://www.upworthy.com/a-much-loved-tv-cop-speaks-out-to-celebrate-what-manhattans-da-decided-regarding-rape-kits">this problem is not confined to any one state</a>. Holcomb's bill, the <a href="http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/rape-kit-bill-that-was-nearly-blocked-now-set-become-georgia-law/0iyPXNB9768b4iB5kWylTN/" target="_blank">Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act</a>, did one very simple thing: It required law enforcement to test each and every rape kit collected. No longer would it be fair to deny a survivor justice because of cost.</p><p>"'<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyeJ55o3El0" target="_blank">Schoolhouse Rock!</a>' on steroids," Holcomb called the bipartisan effort. "That’s a side of politics that people don’t get to see very often, but it does happen," he said in the "Full Frontal" segment.</p><div><div class="push-wrapper--mobile" data-card="image" data-reactroot=""><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyODk3NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NDk4NzAxMX0.enBlvvKORCztLU_LYTsCdpkW7kbdpWboiolwYUIXbXs/img.jpg?width=980" id="150a0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0b38a5e44ec9e78f76b75338b3c5149f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></div></div><p>As time ran out, the bill made it through the necessary legislative hurdles, and Holcomb was showered with bipartisan applause. <strong>Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed the bill into law. </strong>With the law in effect, <a href="http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/12/06/gbi-more-than-4200-untested-rape-kits-analyzed-under-new-georgia-law/" target="_blank">more than 4,200 previously untested pieces of evidence will <em>finally </em>be analyzed</a>. </p><div><div class="push-wrapper--mobile" data-card="image" data-reactroot=""><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyODk3Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MDY1NTQ3NX0.j9QqdXgUWYOeU88KldoqTVVr5yLsqynqEkjIjwOMuGY/img.jpg?width=980" id="92968" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f02ec285c0213f9783626740fcf3f8a1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></div></div><h2>"It was an example of how people can come together to make a difference and to fix a very bad problem," Holcomb told "Full Frontal."</h2><p>The story is a bright spot in a world that can sometimes seem so dark and divided. It also makes a powerful point that while we may disagree from time to time, there is almost always common ground to be found.</p><h2>If you're feeling down about politics, if you're feeling like we're just hopelessly divided, remember the story of Scott Holcomb and the Georgia state legislature: </h2><div><div data-card="youtube" data-reactroot=""><div><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7f8b016239ab53059a3ef32f78c53051"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s5eILKG5oSE?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></div></div></div>
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