(News 3) The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure to collect DNA from anyone arrested on felony charges at the time of arrest.
SB243 is also known as “Brianna’s Law,” named after Brianna Denison who was murdered in early 2008. A similar measure failed in 2011.
The bill advanced Thursday allows DNA to be collected from suspects when they are arrested on felony charges. That material is then used to cross-reference DNA evidence from other unsolved crimes.
If the charges are dismissed or resolved, or if no felony charges are filed within five years, a person can request their DNA be destroyed and profile removed from the system.
An amendment to have DNA automatically removed and only collected for violent felonies did not garner support from the committee.