Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Wisconsin Supreme Court Limits Postconviction DNA Testing of Evidence

March 3, 2017 – Convicted of murder in the early 1980s, Jeffrey Denny filed a postconviction motion in 2014, claiming he was entitled to forensic DNA testing of evidence from the crime scene. Recently, the state supreme court said he was not.
In State v. Denny, 2017 WI 17 (Feb. 28, 2017), a 4-3 majority ruled that Denny did not meet the statutory requirements for postconviction DNA testing at public expense. And a 5-2 majority overruled a 2005 decision that allowed DNA testing at private expense when a person does not satisfy requirements for publicly funded DNA testing.

Sexual assault survivor hopeful Indiana arrestee DNA bill will become law

helix9(WHAS11) — Indiana appears headed to pass a DNA bill that would require samples from felony suspects. Supporters suggest it could prevent crime and catch killers and rapists.
Senate Bill 322 and House Bill 1577 are similar to a plan that has failed in Kentucky.

Hatch, Feinstein, Sensenbrenner, and Swalwell Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Rapid DNA Legislation

feinstein-swalwellWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Rapid DNA Act. This legislation would establish a system to enable law enforcement officials to use Rapid DNA instruments to help reduce DNA backlogs. Unlike traditional DNA analysis, which can take weeks, Rapid DNA analysis permits processing of DNA samples in approximately 90 minutes or less.

NY lawmakers OK deadlines for rape kit processing

colored vertical helixolice must submit rape kits containing DNA evidence to laboratories within 10 days of collecting it under legislation heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The bill also requires labs to process evidence within 90 days and calls for clearing any backlog of the evidence kits, which can be used to…

Hatch bill to enable local police access to FBI DNA database clears Senate

Blue Helix2The Senate approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Friday to modernize the nation’s DNA laws and enable local police to upload samples to an FBI database.
The Rapid DNA Act, S. 2348, was designed to enable local police to quickly determine whether a suspect is connected to a crime using the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.

Sen. Hatch’s “Rapid DNA Act” would have local law enforcement taking DNA samples at booking

Helix and MagnifierSALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – A shot in the arm for crime investigations across the state. Senator Orrin Hatch has co-proposed legislation allowing police officers to take DNA samples themselves to see if they have a criminal in their custody.
It’s called the Rapid DNA Act. The idea is if police have a suspect charged with a felony they can take his or her DNA with a simple mouth swab and put the sample straight into the FBI’s database. Local law enforcement say this could cut months out of their investigation time and possibly solve crimes they couldn’t have otherwise.

Bill Would Require Dna Samples From Americans When Sponsoring Family Visas

swabA new immigration bill under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee would impose unprecedented restrictions on U.S. citizens seeking to sponsor the immigration of their family members, requiring that all parties submit to mandatory DNA testing as part of their visa applications.

N.Y.’s Top Court Raises Bar for DNA Evidence

Helix4MANHATTAN (CN) — Although DNA testing gave less than one-in-a-trillion odds that police collared the wrong gun suspect, it was “science fiction” for prosecutors to try to admit this evidence without testimony from the analyst who conducted it, New York’s Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Kuwait Becomes First Country To Collect DNA Samples From All Citizens And Visitors: Report

KuwaitKuwait is set to become the first country in the world to require all its citizens, visitors and expatriates to provide DNA samples for the government’s database, according to a report.
In July 2015, the Kuwaiti government passed the DNA testing law, which is set to go into effect later this year, according to the Kuwait Times. The DNA samples of at least 3.3 million people—gotten from saliva or few drops of blood—will be stored in a lab at the General Department of Criminal Evidence in Dajeej, a suburb about 12 miles south of Kuwait City.

Idaho bill to create rape evidence tracking system heads to governor

Forensics labBOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers signed off on a statewide system for collecting and tracking DNA evidence of sexual assault Tuesday, despite objections from a rural sheriff who said they should stay out of it because many rape accusations are false.

Idaho committee unanimously backs rape kit legislation

sexual assault kitsBOISE, Idaho (AP) -Idaho lawmakers are supporting a bill that would create a statewide system of collecting and tracking the physical evidence in sexual assault investigations.
The measure ensures that medical clinics will use rape kits to collect forensic evidence after a suspected sexual assault and will have that evidence sent for DNA testing unless the victim requests otherwise.

Pared down bill would limit law enforcement DNA sample collection

(Harrisburg) — The state House has scaled back a measure that aims to redefine how law enforcement could use DNA samples in Pennsylvania.

Katie’s Law- Ten Years Later

Jayann Sepich1It has been 10 years since New Mexico passed the original version of Katie’s Law, and Jayann Sepich, the mother whose fight for justice has moved on to the national and even international level, feels re-energized about her effort.

Bill Introduced in the Senate to Allow Rapid DNA Testing to be Performed by Law Enforcement Officials

Rapid DNAPLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Rapid DNA Act of 2015, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). Co-Sponsors to the bill include Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY). This bill is to establish a system for the integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement and coincides with similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bill would expand law for DNA testing for voyeurism, public indecency

Forensic Scientist2OHIO-A new bill that would require DNA testing for misdemeanor convictions of voyeurism, public indecency, procuring, soliciting, loitering to engage in soliciting and prostitution has been referred to a committee.
House Bill 283, sponsored by Rep. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, would expand state law that currently requires an individual who commits a felony violation of voyeurism, public indecency, procuring or soliciting to provide a DNA specimen.