Governor Ritter is expected to sign Katie's Law shortly, after what local lawmakers consider was a truly bi–partisan effort to get it to his desk.
They expect this will be the break prosecutors need to solve cold cases and convict criminals.
Katie's Law will allow anyone arrested for a felony to be swabbed for a DNA sample, but the sample will only go into the DNA database if the suspect is charged.
Prosecutors say a larger database is an irreplaceable resource.
Senator Josh Penry says it took a lot of re–working to get Katie’s Law through.
Not only will the DNA samples only go through if charged, but as well, if the suspect is later found innocent, there is a simple and penalty–free way to get the DNA evidence removed from the database.
Representative Steve King says Katie’s Law will keep citizens from becoming victims of repeat offenders.
King says as for those who oppose the bill, to keep in mind, science holds no bias.
Katie's Law is named after Katie Sepich, 22, who was raped and murdered in New Mexico in 2003.
Her killer was captured using DNA, and 15 states have passed such laws since her death.
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