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Mon February 24, 2014
Senate Shoots Down Revised Katie's Law
The Wyoming Senate killed a bill that would have required DNA testing for those charged with a crime. Information from the DNA tests would then be stored in a database. Senator Drew Perkins of Casper told the Senate that such action violates people's rights.
"Through technology we continue to find more, and more, and more, and more information about us that's stored. We already have in our statutes that if you are convicted of a crime of felony, we store and maintain that DNA. This takes it another step further."
Senator Charles Scott of Casper argued that it could be a useful tool for police.
The bill is called Katie's Law, after a New Mexico State University student who was murdered. Her killer was identified using DNA after he was convicted of another crime.