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MO Senate Considers Changes To DNA Evidence Rules

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -  A measure moving through the Missouri Senate could change who would be required to give DNA samples to the police, and when the police would be required to throw those samples away.

The legislation would require crime labs to dispose of a suspect’s DNA sample within four months if a prosecutor decides not to file charges.

Anyone registering as a sex offender who have to provide a DNA sample, as would some out-of-state offenders who transfer to Missouri prisons to serve their sentences.

The legislation, sponsored by Lee’s Summit Republican Will Kraus, has been endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and could be debated by the full Senate in the coming weeks.

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