Regional
9:33 am
Tue March 15, 2011

US Senate Bill Would Extend DNA Criminal Tests

Washington, D.C – New Mexico's U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would expand efforts nationwide to collect DNA from serious criminal offenders.

The measure would offer incentives for states to expand DNA collection efforts.

It was introduced by Democrats Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall of New Mexico, and is co-sponsored by senators from Arizona, Colorado and New York.

Bingaman and Udall say the idea is to solve more crimes, prevent future crime and save lives.

The goal of the legislation is to encourage states to implement a process to collect DNA from people who are arrested.

The measure also would expand and improve DNA collection in states that already have a process.

The legislation introduced last week would authorize the U.S. Department of Justice to offer grants.