People convicted of third offense drunk driving and some other aggravated misdemeanors in Iowa may soon have to submit a DNA sample to authorities.
The Iowa House today gave final legislative approval to the proposal. Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, a Democrat from Des Moines, noted this latest version does not require DNA collection from those convicted of aggravated misdemeanors related to gambling, ag production or the handling of hazardous wastes.
“And it looks much better than it has in the three years that I’ve been here,” she said, “because I’ve worked on this bill for the last three years.”
Supporters say having all that DNA data available will help solve cold cases and future crimes. Critics say it violates civil liberties, like the right to privacy. However, neither supporters nor critics said much today as the bill passed the House in less than two minutes.
It now goes to the governor for his consideration.