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Assembly Considers DNA Testing Bill Brianna's Law

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A proposal to allow the collection of DNA from people arrested on felony charges in Nevada is receiving intense scrutiny from the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
 
Thursday's testimony on the bill known as Brianna's Law was the first hearing for SB243 in the Assembly. It was already approved unanimously by the Senate.
 
Democratic Sen. Debbie Smith of Sparks is the sponsor of the bill. Supporters say it would allow authorities to cross-reference DNA from people arrested with evidence from old crimes to see if they were involved.
 
The bill is named after Brianna Denison who was abducted and murdered in Reno by James Biela in 2008. Backers argue Denison might still be alive if the law was in place because Biela had a prior felony arrest.

But - the bill also raises concerns about civil rights. "Currently it reads that DNA taken from felony arrests, I think that should be changed to violent felonies, or felonies of a sexual nature," says Steve Yeager.
 
The committee took no action.   

Testing prices could range from $2 an arrest to $75. If the bill is approved, they plan to pass that cost onto those tested. If the charges are dismissed or resolved, or if no felony charges are filed within five years, a person can request their DNA be destroyed and profile removed from the system.
 
A similiar bill died in 2011.  (AP)

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