The Wisconsin state Senate has voted to change a state law
that requires police to collect DNA from people arrested for
voted Tuesday to have the DNA go directly to the state crime
lab rather than have the local law enforcement agency that
makes the arrest hold on the sample. The Department of
Justice would not be allowed to analyze the DNA until there
has been a finding of probable cause or other conditions are
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had complained that
delaying getting the DNA to the crime lab needlessly
complicated the law, which takes effect in April 2015.
now heads to the Assembly, which must also pass it before it
would go to Gov. Scott Walker.