Committee passes McNamara’s legislation aimed at combating crimes through DNA

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Monday, February 13, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) — The House Committee on Judiciary today passed a bill co-authored by Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would give law enforcement a new tool to combat crimes in Indiana.

Under House Bill 1577, those arrested for a felony would have a DNA sample taken through a cheek swab. The sample would be submitted to a federal DNA database to help law enforcement with unsolved crimes.

“Over the years, DNA profiling has become a powerful and effective criminal justice tool,” McNamara said. “If this bill is passed, it would help improve accuracy in solving criminal cases while providing more safety in the communities throughout Indiana.”

The bill would allow the expungement of all DNA samples if the person arrested for a felony didn’t have any charges filed against them within 30 days of the time they were arrested. McNamara said the samples would also be expunged if all charges are dropped or the person is acquitted of all their charges.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 states currently have some form of statewide DNA collection upon arrest.

House Bill 1577 now moves to the House for further consideration.

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking
here.