Bill Allowing Police To Collect DNA From Felons Heads To State Senate

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 7:19 pm
By: News On 6

A bill allowing police to collect DNA from people who are arrested for a felony passed the House Wednesday.

The sample would not be immediately uploaded into the state's database, but would be stored until there's enough evidence to go to trial.

Opponents say once the government has your DNA, there's no telling what could be done with it.

Brady Henderson, ACLU: "It is literally a set of cells that are my body,” said Brady Henderson with the ACLU. “They’re not the governments, and they’re being taken from me. They’re then being analyzed to determine all kinds of things about me.”

"DNA upon arrest is going to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. It will get repeat offenders. There are lots of victims of crime here in Oklahoma that need answers,” said Representative Lee Denney of Cushing.

The bill now heads to the state senate.