Arrestee DNA collection bill Senate hearing Wednesday

A bill that would require Indiana authorities to collect DNA samples from people arrested for a felony will be heard by a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 1577, which cleared the House last month 81-16.  Bill author Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, and supporters say the measure will keep Hoosiers safer and allow Indiana to join more than 30 other states that permit collection of DNA cheek swabs from people who have been arrested for felonies. That information is stored in the state’s criminal DNA database.

Currently, Indiana collects DNA samples only for those convicted of a crime. The bill would permit expungement of the sample for arrestees who are not charged or who are found not guilty.

The panel convenes at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 130 of the Statehouse.

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