TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Get arrested on a felony charge from
burglary to murder and expect not just to smile for a mugshot but to spit.
A bill (SB 2276) that passed the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor would require anyone arrested on a felony charge to submit DNA, usually a sample of saliva. Currently only people found guilty of certain crimes have to submit DNA. The bill would broaden that requirement to some arrestees even before they go to court.
Proponents say having the additional samples to run against DNA from current or cold cases will help solve crimes. Opponents say demanding DNA before a guilty verdict violates a person's constitutional rights and that Florida's law will likely wind up being challenged in court.
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