Iowa Senate to debate DNA profiling bill

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May 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate plans to debate a bill that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples for a federal databank.   Lawmakers are set to debate the measure today (Wednesday).  Under the proposal, adults convicted of crimes like aggravated assault and theft would submit a DNA sample. Under current Iowa law, only convicted felons and sexual offenders are required to submit samples.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is supporting the bill, saying it will help police solve more cases. The American Civil Liberties Union is campaigning against the measure, calling it invasive and excessive.  Republican senators stalled the measure from being debated Tuesday in order to file amendments to the bill.