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.
“It can only be used for criminal identification. That is it. It is not online; it is not open to the public,” Steuerwald says.