Mich. Senate to consider DNA testing for felonies

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Senate committee is expected to take up a bill this week that would expand DNA testing in Michigan.

The bill would require people arrested for committing or attempting to commit a felony to provide a DNA sample. It was introduced by Lawton Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker last week and sent to the Judiciary Committee.

Schuitmaker's office says the bill would make DNA collection the same as fingerprint collection. If the charges are dropped or the person is found not guilty, the sample would be destroyed.

Currently, DNA samples are taken at the time of arrest only when people are arrested for violent felonies, such as murder.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill in 2011 requiring all prisoners to submit a DNA test within three months of entering prison.

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