The state Senate has cleared legislation, S 150, which would require those arrested for serious crimes to undergo DNA testing.
The sponsor of the legislation, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, said the bill “would make dramatic improvements to how Pennsylvania uses DNA technology to fight crime, to get violent criminals off our streets and to make our communities safer.”
Pileggi’s legislation was bolstered earlier this month when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional to collect DNA samples from those arrested but not yet convicted of serious crimes.
But Andy Hoover, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said the bill still faces multiple hurdles before it becomes law.
“Since 1991, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled at least four times that the state constitution’s provision on searches and seizures provides a high level of protection,” Hoover said.
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