Ky. House panel moves bill to take DNA after arrest
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that will require police to take DNA samples when they arrest people on felony charges.
If the measure is approved by the full Legislature, Kentucky would join 25 other states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees.
The vote was unanimous. The measure will proceed to the full House for consideration.
Jefferson Democrat Mary Lou Marzian, who sponsored the bill, said federal grant money would be available to help cover startup costs, which would be between $1.3 and $1.6 million.
She did not offer a figure for the ongoing costs of such a program. About 40,000 people are arrested on felony charges each year in Kentucky.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider this year the constitutionality of arrestee DNA testing.
The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.