A proposed bill would require DNA testing to be done at the time of arrest for all sexual felonies in the state. The bill was previously proposed in 2011. Its sponsor has high hopes this time around.
Federal funding is available through 2015 to help states set up DNA testing, and bill sponsor Leslie Nutting says that may put pressure on lawmakers to pass the bill. Twenty-seven other states are already collecting DNA swab tests. And the Supreme Court ruled last year that the practice is constitutional.