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Democrats stall DNA bill

Date: May 12, 2009
By: Brian Jarvis
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Missouri Democrats managed to stall a bill that would allow police to get DNA samples of virtually anyone they arrest.

Brian Jarvis has more from the state Capitol.    

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Missouri lawmakers already passed a bill that would permit police to get DNA samples from convicted felons.   

Now supporters of the bill want to expand DNA testing to include anyone who is arrested.  

Democratic Senator Rita Days of St. Louis says that might be going too far.

 

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Description: "How many people are going to get caught up in this that really have nothing to do with any crime or anything, but now, now you will have their DNA on file for whatever imperpetuity may happen. And that's the concern I'm having right now."


The bill could still reach a Senate vote this week.  

From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Jarvis.


Intro: A bill that would give police the right to take DNA samples could not get past skeptical Democrats in the Missouri Senate.

Brian Jarvis has more from Jefferson City.

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Republican Senator Matt Bartle of Jackson County is sponsoring a bill that would increase DNA testing.   Bartle wants to expand the bill's power to include anyone who is arrested, not just convicted.
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Description: "Because without a doubt, we will be requiring citizens of our state to cede some privacy in exchange for some public good. And that's the balancing act."

But Democrats stalled the bill from reaching a vote.
They say it might be going too far.     Police obtain DNA samples by swabbing the inside of a suspect's mouth. 
From Jefferson City, I'm Brian Jarvis.


Intro: Missouri Democrats managed to stall a bill that would allow police to get DNA samples of virtually anyone they arrest.

Brian Jarvis has more from the state Capitol.    

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OutCue: SOC

Missouri lawmakers already passed a bill that would permit police to get DNA samples from convicted felons.   

Now supporters of the bill want to expand DNA testing to include anyone who is arrested.  

Democratic Senator Rita Days of St. Louis says that might be going too far.

 

Actuality:  DAYS3.WAV
Run Time: 00:15
Description: "How many people are going to get caught up in this that really have nothing to do with any crime or anything, but now, now you will have their DNA on file for whatever imperpetuity may happen. And that's the concern I'm having right now."


The bill could still reach a Senate vote this week.  

From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Jarvis.


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