Brian Witte
Associated Press
April 9, 2008

The Maryland General Assembly cruised toward adjournment tonight, approving an expansion of DNA sample collections in Maryland’s legal system.

The DNA measure allows the collection of genetic material from people who have been charged with violent crimes and burglary. Current law allows samples to be taken only from convicted felons. The expansion to other subjects will expire after five years.

“The DNA bill was our top public safety priority, and that will, in essence, allow local police officers to be able to solve more violent crimes and get predators off the street — put them behind bars before they rape or murder other citizens again,” O’Malley told reporters.

With most of the heavy lifting behind them, lawmakers were working on some final details in the waning hours.


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