Category Archives: DNA Legislation

Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases

CA domeCalifornia- The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say.

Vermont court: No DNA collection until conviction

helix.jpgMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says the state can’t collect DNA from suspects in criminal cases unless they’ve been convicted of a felony.

Rhode Island May Use DNA to Track Students; Federal Bill Passes House

footA bill to reauthorize federal funding for newborn DNA collection passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote—meaning without a vote record—on June 26.

Governor Chafee signs variety of bills into R.I. law

DNA_TestingAmong the measures signed by Chafee:
A law that would require a DNA sample to be collected from anyone arrested for a violent crime, including murder, manslaughter, first-degree arson, robbery, first-degree and second-degree sexual assault and other charges. The samples would be submitted into a federal database. Currently, the police collect DNA samples only from people convicted of felonies.

Brianna’s Law, or DNA testing for felony arrests, begins in Nevada

dna analysis labBrianna’s Law, Nevada’s DNA testing law, went into effect Tuesday after it won a hard-fought and emotional battle during the 2013 Legislature.

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.