Category Archives: DNA Legislation

DNA profiling the new headache for NDA government

DNA HelixThe union cabinet next week is likely consider a bill to create national DNA database of all those in conflict with law including suspects and volunteers which the critics term as against the “basic tenements of the Constitution”.

Bill updating Pennsylvania’s DNA laws awaits House vote

old DNAHARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed legislation to strengthen and modernize the state’s two-decade-old DNA laws to better track serious criminal offenders, which top law officials as a corrective shift in the investigating process.

Court Ruling Opens DNA Technology Advances to Old Cases

GavelDNAPeople convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first in the nation to rule that the advances in DNA technology mean previously useless samples should be considered newly discovered evidence that is not subject to statutory time limitations.

New law requires arrestees in RI to provide DNA samples

Backlog of rape kitsPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new state law requiring people arrested for violent crimes to provide DNA samples could help solve cold cases and lead to more convictions, law enforcement officials and lawmakers said.

Bill aims to speed up sexual assault investigations in Pennsylvania

DNA Backlog1By adopting the various measures, Pennsylvania will become eligible for funding under the Debbie Smith Act, which provides money to state and local authorities to help eliminate DNA evidence backlogs.

New law expands Virginia’s DNA database

GATTACA ImageRoanoke, VA-The chances of a person’s DNA going into Virginia’s forensic database just got bigger.
Effective July 1, the Commonwealth is expanding it.

New Law Requires Police in Michigan to Collect More DNA

DNA CollectorEffective July 1, police agencies in Michigan are taking DNA from people arrested for any felony or three misdemeanors. A new law will have police across the state taking DNA swabs more frequently.
The samples will be collected for a database that can be used by law enforcement agencies statewide.
“What they’re trying to do is increase and solve a lot of cases,” Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said.

Cornyn pushes Justice Department to fully implement SAFER Act, help reduce rape kit backlog

Cornyn1U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the SAFER Act to help state and local governments eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits. The provisions of the legislation, signed into law in 2013, have yet to be fully enacted to help state and local law enforcement agencies audit and process rape kits that could lead to the prosecution and resolution of sexual assault cases across the country.

Governor signs law that expands access to post-conviction DNA testing

Heather FeamanOregon- The governor has signed a bill that would expand access to DNA testing for people hoping to prove they were wrongly convicted.
The new law no longer requires someone to be in prison to seek the testing and eases the standard that would allow for the DNA tests.

State requires DNA tests, but who pays what?

DNA CollectorSTEVENS POINT – People found guilty of crimes in Wisconsin must pay to have their DNA collected — but ambiguous wording in the law may mean they’re not all paying the same amount.

Minnesota county plans restarting DNA collection for some defendants

DNA in a test tubeA county south of the Twin Cities says it is planning to restart the collection of DNA samples from people arrested and charged with violent crimes.

Debate over DNA testing delaying fate of Texas killer

Charles and Sandy TrotterCharles and Sandy Trotter, parents of 19-year-old college student who was raped and murdered in1999. Larry Ray Swearingen was convicted in July 2000 of the capital murder of Melissa Trotter. Swearingen has been sitting on death row, during constant appeals, and battles with Innocence project. The latest DNA question has led to new law in Austin on subject. Meanwhile the family of the victim wait for justice. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

Bill restores DNA collection for some California criminals

Lab TechnicianSACRAMENTO (AP) – The California Assembly approved legislation allowing law enforcement to once again take DNA samples from criminals convicted of crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors.

Washington to save sex-offender DNA

Justice and DNAOLYMPIA – DNA collected in any felony case charged as a violent or sex offense will now be preserved through the length of the offender’s sentence, including post-prison community custody, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Senate OKs post-conviction preservation of DNA

helix2OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Senate has passed a bill that would require DNA collected in any felony case charged as a violent or sex offense to be preserved through the length of the offender’s sentence, including post-prison community custody.