State DNA Collection Legislation Moves Forward
GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.October 3, 2011
The Pennsylvania State Judiciary Committee unanimously passed legislation last week that would require the collection of DNA from suspects accused of serious crimes, reports the Associated Press. Currently, the state mandates that DNA be collected from individuals convicted of serious felonies, but the proposed law would collect DNA upon arrest and prior to conviction. Critics of the legislation fear that it infringes on an individual's privacy and burdens the taxpayer with excess costs. Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) said, "Privacy rights are very important...We should only take them away from people in clear circumstances." The legislation now goes to the full Senate for vote.