More DNA Sampling Gets Initial OK In Colorado House

DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers moved to expand DNA collection for some misdemeanor convictions after a debate that drew both support and opposition from members of both parties.

The bill received initial approval Monday in the House on an unrecorded voice vote.

Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon, the bill sponsor, says the bill will help solve crimes. But opponents argue the bill goes too far because DNA contains more identifying information about people than fingerprints.

The bill would apply only to criminal misdemeanors, including some assaults or thefts. But opponents worry the bill also includes less serious offenses.

A final vote is still needed to send the bill to the Senate.

Most states, including Colorado, already collect DNA in felony cases.

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