Utah lawmakers pass bill allowing DNA sampling upon felony bookings

Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 12:17 p.m. MDT

State lawmakers approved a law that would allow police in Utah to collect DNA samples from people booked into jail on any felony charge.

Jordan Allred Deseret News,

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SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers have approved a law that would allow police in Utah to collect DNA samples from people booked into jail on any felony charge.

Elizabeth Smart was among several crime victims who testified in favor of HB212, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy.

"If you didn't do anything, you don't have anything to fear. But if you do have something, this is hardly an invasion of privacy. I would say being kidnapped, I would say being raped, I would say being hurt is a much greater invasion of privacy," she told a legislative committee.

State law requires DNA samples after all felony convictions and when a person is booked into jail for mostly violent felonies. The bill expands that to all felonies and calls for the sample at the time of booking.

The measure now goes to the governor for consideration.

— Dennis Romboy

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