Although there is not a direct link to Sarah Palin in the original story, this would appear to be an issue that deserves investigation. A report from The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, a newspaper in Wasilla, Alaska:
Gov. Tony Knowles recently signed legislation protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for tests to collect evidence of the crime, but one local police chief said the new law will further burden taxpayers.
Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.
This report is from May 2000 – when Sarah Palin was the Mayor of Wasilla. So, the Republican nominee for Vice-President was Mayor of a town in which people reporting a sexual assault could be required to pay for the collection of evidence – until the state made it illegal for them to do so.
It seems reasonable that Palin should be asked about her position and her actions relating to that policy. What did she know about it? What did she do about it? What does she think about it?