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Bill Would Allow Police To Collect DNA From Anyone Arrested On Felony
Updated February 22, 2017 12:29 PM
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Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville)
Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield)

(INDIANAPOLIS) - House lawmakers sent a bill to the Senate that allows law enforcement to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony.

Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Danville), the measure's author, says the bill "identifies the guilty" and "exonerates the innocent."

The samples would be compared to others in a national database, helping, Steuerwald says, link people to past crimes.

But Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield) takes issue with the bill on several fronts. He doesn't trust the national database and says the measure violates privacy and goes against constitutional rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court has disagrees with Washburne, it upheld the constitutionality of a similar law in Maryland in a 5-4 decision in 2013.

The bill advanced 81 to 16.

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