(Des Moines) A bill that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples now heads to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s desk.
The Iowa House approved the Senates’ changes to the bill Tuesday on an 84-to-15 vote. The measure would require adults convicted of such crimes as aggravated misdemeanor assault and theft to submit DNA samples to the federal DNA database. Griswold Republican Representative Jack Drake says the new law can also help the innocent.
“One of the things I think has been good about the DNA through the years is there have been some people convicted of crimes that have been proven innocent people by the DNA inspections,” stated Branstad. “So I think we make sure everything is legitimate.”
The Senate changed the bill last week to exempt deferred judgment cases and misdemeanors related to hazardous waste, agricultural production and gambling.
May 8, 2013