Expansion of DNA sampling fails in Colo.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- A proposal to expand DNA collection for some misdemeanor convictions in Colorado failed during the last days of the session because one of the sponsors couldn't get enough support for the measure.

Democratic Senate President John Morse said this week he didn't have enough votes to pass the bill, which had already cleared the House. He asked a committee on Tuesday to postpone the bill indefinitely, one day before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

Most states, including Colorado, already collect DNA in felony cases. The bill would've expanded that to Class 1 criminal misdemeanors, which include some assaults and thefts. Opponents had expressed concern that criminal misdemeanors also include lesser offences, such as recording a film in a movie theater.

Supporters of the bill argued it would help solve crimes.

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