State budget cuts could kill Katie's Law

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

State Representative Steve King says he hopes a bill aimed at helping law enforcement does not go by the wayside as leaders work to solve the state's mounting budget deficit problems.
King is a sponsor of Senate Bill 241, also known as Katie's Law.
Under the bill, anyone who is arrested or charged with a felony has to give a DNA sample that will be stored in a statewide database.
Officers would collect the sample by using a swab on the inside of the person's mouth.
King says 13 other states have this law in place, and because of it, agencies in those states have not only been able to solve numerous cold cases but clear innocent people.
According to the bill's fiscal note, Katie's Law would cost the state at least 1.7 million dollars next year.
King says with that kind of price tag he's worried about its chances as it heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week.

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