Senate bill would require DNA samples for all felony arrests
By Darrell Crenshaw
INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require every person arrested for a felony crime after Dec. 31 to submit a DNA sample passed another hurdle Monday in the Senate.
Senate Bill 322 was amended to require arrestees to submit a written request to get their DNA removed from the database, if no charges have been filed after a year.
“A person can request removal if 365 days have elapsed since the arrest and no charges have been filed,” said Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, author of the bill and the amendment.
Her amendment passed by a voice vote with zero nays.
Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, proposed an amendment to the bill that would allow the immediate removal of the sample after a year and not to make the citizens wait.
“The current language says in order to get expunged, it must be a letter or form requesting so, my amendment pushes for an automatic expungement if no charges have been filed,” Breaux said.
Breaux’s amendment failed by a voice vote.
The Senate is expected to vote on SB 322 Tuesday.
Darrell Crenshaw is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.