DE HB29 | 2019-2020 | 150th General Assembly


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)
Status: Introduced on January 4 2019 - 25% progression
Action: 2019-01-23 - Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 4 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits, 2 Unfavorable
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


Currently the law requires that any person convicted of a crime identified under the section identifying sexual offenses, or offenses relating to children and incompetents must submit to DNA testing. The DNA testing is compiled and stored in the state DNA database. As many of these individuals are prone to repeat offenses, this database has proven to be a useful crime solving tool. This bill will provide that any person arrested [vs convicted] for any of these specific crimes will now be subject to DNA testing. This bill will also require testing of any individual who is currently incarcerated and convicted of a violent felony under Title 11. Additional safeguards and protections have been included in the law to balance the states interest in solving crimes against the rights of the arrested individuals, as discussed and approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in Maryland v. King, 133 S. Ct. 1958 (U.S. 2013). This act shall become effective upon the receipt of a federal grant to the State pursuant to the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, or upon a specific annual appropriation in the Annual Appropriations Act.

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An Act To Amend Title 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Dna Analysis And Data Bank.



2019-01-23 Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 4 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits, 2 Unfavorable
2019-01-09 Amendment HA 1 to HB 29 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2019-01-04 Introduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House

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