Bills OK’d To Require DNA From Felony Suspects

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Legislature has approved bills to expand the collection of DNA samples to include people arrested on suspicion of any felony charge.

Michigan already requires DNA swabs from convicted offenders and those arrested on suspicion of murder, rape and other violent felonies. The bills passed 92-7 by the House Thursday night go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court last year cleared the way for police to take a DNA swab from anyone arrested for a serious crime.

The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency estimates that authorities collect roughly 3,000 DNA samples from felony suspects yearly in Michigan. That number could quadruple under the bills Snyder is expected to sign.

The requirement would take effect next July.

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