Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Bill aimed at reducing backlog in processing rape kits passes Ohio Senate

silver HelixYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Before the Ohio state legislature broke for summer break it passed Senate Bill 316.
The bill authored by State Senator Capri Cafaro is aimed at reducing the backlog in processing sexual assault rape kits from local law enforcement agencies.

Emerging Forensic Genomic Applications – Genome ID Forum 2014

Genome ID Forum`.pgThe application of new technology to forensic human identification represents a unique problem set with respect to implementation and court acceptance. Genome ID Forum is a scientific venue where advances in the sciences can be evaluated through the practical casework lens.
Genome ID Forum brings together thought leaders from the forensic science research and practitioner community for an open dialogue regarding emerging science and technology applications.
When and Where: September 9-10, 2014 Hilton Greenville, NC
Speakers: B. Budowle, J. Ballantyne, K. Kidd, J. Butler, J. Byrd, S. Close, R. Harmon, T. Hunt. T. McMahon and P. Vallone
Find out more and register here.

Legislation passed to establish Irish DNA database

Irish AnalystThe way has been paved for the establishment of a DNA database system to help solve crime.
The Seanad today passed the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013. It was already approved by the Dail on May 1st and will see forensics technology used to link unsolved crimes and identify suspects.

Rape kit testing rules move forward in legislature

sexual assault kitsLANSING, Mich. (AP) — When 11,000 untested rape kits were discovered in Detroit in 2009, Michigan officials faced two major questions going forward: How to resolve the backlog, and how to keep new rape kits from meeting the same fate.

Rape kit reporting bill passes

CourtEffective Aug. 1, Louisiana’s criminal justice agencies handling untested sexual assault DNA collection kits must report the number of kits in their possession to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) crime lab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a measure from state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, that sets a hard deadline (Jan. 1, 2015) on getting a firm number on just how many untested sexual assault kits are in law enforcement hands.

Police DNA Database to Be Expanded

DNA SwabISRAEL-The Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved on Tuesday of a significant expansion of the list of criminal offenses that the police will be allowed to order the suspect provide a DNA sample to further their investigations.

Rape kit reporting bill passes

DNA imageEffective Aug. 1, Louisiana’s criminal justice agencies handling untested sexual assault DNA collection kits must report the number of kits in their possession to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) crime lab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a measure from state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, that sets a hard deadline (Jan. 1, 2015) on getting a firm number on just how many untested sexual assault kits are in law enforcement hands.

Madison Crime Lab prepares for DNA at arrest law

Crimescene DNA TestsUnder current state law, only convicted felons and sex offenders in Wis. have to give up their DNA. Come April 1, 2015, police will be required to take DNA from anyone arrested for a violent felony and anyone convicted of a misdemeanor. The DNA will then be stored in a national data bank that law enforcement departments across the country can access.The hope is more DNA samples will translate to more crimes solved.

Bill would expand DNA sampling powers of police in R.I.

DNA4PROVIDENCE — The House Judiciary Committee has endorsed a bill that would expand Rhode Island law enforcement’s ability to take a DNA sample from a person who is arrested for a crime of violence and submit it to a federally administered database.
The bill, whose prime sponsor is Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, cleared the committee in a 9-2 vote last week. It would require collection of DNA samples from anyone when they are arrested for any of a long list of violent-crime charges. The samples would go into the Rhode Island DNA database, administered by an FBI national system.

Proposal would require all arrestees to provide DNA samples

sole DNAINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are making another effort to try and pass legislation that would require all people arrested for criminal offenses to provide a DNA sample.
The U.S. Supreme Court approved collecting DNA samples from convicted criminals in all 50 states nearly 25 years ago.

Gov Approves Two Laws Aimed At Improving Criminal Justice System

DNA_TestingTwo bills aimed at improving Mississippi’s criminal justice system will soon take effect statewide. MPB’s Paul Boger reports on the changes to the state’s legal system

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Law To Account For Untested Rape Kits

sole DNAWASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On April 4, Governor McAuliffe signed SB 658, a bill that takes the first step towards removing dangerous criminals from the streets of Virginia. The new law, sponsored by State Senator Richard Black (Leesburg) requires all Virginia law enforcement agencies to account for any untested sexual assault kits in their evidence storage facilities. By doing so, Virginia joins a growing number of states taking steps to account for valuable, yet long ignored, rape case evidence.

Questions over police DNA collection

Lab Test VialsUnder New Zealand law, the police can take DNA from people they plan to charge and match it against samples from unsolved crimes.
Collections of DNA were expanded by the government in 2009 which said it was critical for fighting crime.

Maloney And Bass Work To End Rape Kit Testing Backlog

MaloneyCongressmember Carolyn Maloney, who sponsored the highly effective anti-rape Debbie Smith Act 10 years ago, is presently involved in trying to reauthorize the act with the express purpose of extending “the federal DNA backlog processing grant program through 2019”.

Governor signs DNA collection bill

Gov WalkerMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill scaling back when police can seize DNA samples under a law to take effect next year.