Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

Reps. Maloney and Bass working to end rape kit testing backlog with Debbie Smith Act reauthorization

justice and DNA2WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has joined forces with House Judiciary Committee member Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers to pass the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 3423). The committee today held a markup on the bill to extend the federal DNA backlog processing grant program through 2019. The original Debbie Smith Act was authored by Congresswoman Maloney and signed into law in 2004 as part of the Justice for All Act.

DNA testing could become part of security clearance procedure for federal workers

Human ID1Federal employees applying for security clearances could one day be required to undergo DNA testing.
The government is considering requiring the testing as part of the process for background checks on applicants seeking security clearances. The Department of Defense published a notice on the proposal today in the Federal Register, as first reported in Politico.

New law limits DNA collection in Idaho

Justice and DNA1BOISE — In a legislative session filled with controversy and tension, one bill made it through the legislature without one dissenting vote.
Senate Bill 1240a, written by Republican Senator Jim Rice, Democrat Senator Elliot Werk, and Republican Representative Lynn Luker, aims to protect Idahoans’ privacy by limiting when law enforcement can collect DNA samples.

Backers want action on Ohio bill to repeal 20-year statute of limitations for prosecuting rape

Justice and DNACOLUMBUS, Ohio — Backers of a bill that would repeal Ohio’s 20-year statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases are calling for additional hearings on the measure.