Wednesday , September 20 2017
Home / Local News / Committee passes Steuerwald’s legislation aimed at combating crimes through DNA

Committee passes Steuerwald’s legislation aimed at combating crimes through DNA

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) — The House Committee on Judiciary unanimously passed a bill Monday that would give law enforcement a new tool to combat crimes in Indiana, according to the bill’s author, State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon). 

Under House Bill 1577, those arrested for a felony would have a DNA sample taken through a cheek swab. The sample would be run through a federal DNA database to help law enforcement with unsolved crimes.  

“DNA has proven to be a powerful tool in the fight against crime and this bill would allow Indiana to join the majority of other states who have similar laws,” Steuerwald said. “DNA evidence can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Above all it better equips law enforcement and can help keep our communities safe.”  

The bill would allow the expungement of all DNA samples if the person arrested of a felony didn’t have any charges filed against them within 30 days of the time they were arrested. Steuerwald said the samples would also be expunged if all charges were dropped or the person was acquitted of all their charges.  

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 states currently have some form of state DNA collection upon arrest.  

The bill will now go to the full House for further consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.

 

About Brian Scott

I play on the radio from 7 am -1 pm weekdays at 98.9 FM WYRZ and WYRZ.org. Follow me on twitter @WYRZBrianScott or e-mail me at brian@wyrz.org.

Check Also

Indianapolis Airport sells nearly 2,000 acres to Plainfield

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2017) – Today the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board authorized the sale of nearly 2,000 acres of conservation land to the Town of Plainfield, furthering the commitment  the IAA made in 2015 to restore non-aviation land to local communities  and local tax rolls. “IAA staff and our community partners have worked diligently to ensure this tract of land is given a continuing and   enanced purpose – and I thank all involved for their smart work and conscientious judgement in bringing this  transaction to fruition,” said Barbara Glass, IAA board president. The Town of Plainfield will pay nearly $1.6 million for the land, which includes protected wetland areas, and critical  habitats for the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and many other animal and plant species. The land also   includes Sodalis Nature Park, which features trails, picnic areas and a 5.5-acre pond for public use. Of the full acreage, 1,724 acres is restricted land based upon U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services and Army Corp of Engineers  regulatory standards and is functionally reserved for conservation purposes, while 142 acres is unrestricted and  available for other uses. “Our focus is on aviation, and being a good neighbor to the communities we serve,” said Mario Rodriguez, IAA  executive director.  “This land transaction is the embodiment of both – and we’re  …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *