Legislators Look to Change DNA Profiling Laws
JEFFERSON CITY - Some Missouri lawmakers look to change DNA profiling laws in Missouri. Currently the Missouri State Highway Patrol has a specific amount of time it can possess DNA after cases are expunged. If proposed legislation passes, the Highway Patrol will be able to possess this DNA for up to 90 days after the cases are dropped.
This extra time will allow for the Highway Patrol to use the DNA to solve cold cases.
Some jails and prisons in Missouri are home to criminals who committed their crimes across statelines. These bills would require the Highway Patrol to have DNA samples from all of these people.
In the past, money from the "DNA Profiling Analysis Fund" could go to the state's general revenue fund if the revenue did not increase by more than two percent each year. Although this only happened in two cases, the one bill sponsor says it is necessary because the Highway Patrol should be using the money it gets from DNA collections to find future criminals.
The bill was originally on the formal calendar for Monday, but Senate leadership pushed back debate to Tuesday. The House bill which is identical to the Senate bill already passed through the House.