Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Iowa to expand DNA collection from criminals

Sample CollectorCEDAR RAPIDS | Police and civil libertarians are at odds over a new Iowa rule that lets law enforcement officials collect DNA samples from people who commit aggravated misdemeanors. It takes effect July 1.

Gov. Rick Snyder to sign bill to speed rape kit testing

Gov SnyderLANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder plans to tour a Michigan State Police forensic lab in Lansing today and sign legislation intended to speed the testing of rape kits in Michigan.
House Bill 5445, which Snyder is to sign at the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Lab, creates the Sexual Assault Kit Evidence Submission Act.

N.J. Senate committee OKs bill allowing DNA collection in minor crime convictions

DNA HelixPolice would be able to collect DNA from people convicted of minor crimes, a move that would greatly expanding the number of those required to provide samples, if a bill approved Thursday becomes law.

Rape kit controversy: I-Team update

DNA Backlog1MODESTO, Calf. (KGO) — It might seem like common sense to test DNA evidence from sexual assaults to help catch more criminals, but a bill that would make that mandatory is getting some fierce opposition from the State Sheriff’s Association.

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