Nevada Assembly Passes Brianna's Law

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill requiring DNA to be collected from everyone arrested on felony charges in Nevada has almost cleared the state Legislature.

Assembly members voted 29-9 in favor of Brianna's Law Monday. The Senate must approve the Assembly amendment before SB243 heads to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to become law.

The bill mandates a cheek-swab whenever a person is booked for a felony arrest. If the arrest is deemed legitimate, the DNA would be cross-referenced with DNA from other crime scenes to see if the arrestee was involved.

The proposal is named after Brianna Denison who was raped and murdered by James Biela in Reno in 2008. Proponents believe such a law may have saved Denison because Biela had a prior felony arrest.

Opponents say it is an unreasonable search.


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