Arizona DNA bill which alarmed many will only cover a few people

AMENDED BILL APPLIES TO CAREGIVERS FOR INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED, RESPONSE TO HACIENDA RAPE

PHOENIX — Tuesday’s headlines splashed some alarming news — that a bill in the Arizona Legislature was going to require Arizonans to not only give DNA samples to the government, but pay up to $250 per person for the privilege.

AZCentral ran the story, radio stations picked up on the news, it even made The Drudge Report.

The bill’s sponsor, State Senator David Livingston (R-Peoria) had filed an amendment Monday night that would replace the entire bill with a very narrow category of people to whom the law would apply.

The amendment reads in part:

DNA ID SHALL BE COLLECTED FROM A PERSON WHO IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO SUBMIT FINGERPRINTS FOR PURPOSES OF IDENTIFICATION AS PART OF AN APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION OR RENEWAL OF A LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE IF THE PERSON HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED DNA ID, AND THE PERSON PROVIDES DIRECT CARE IN AN INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. (emphasis added)

So SB1475 only applies to people who provide direct care in certain types of facilities to people with intellectual disabilities.

The bill is a reaction to the terrible Hacienda Rape case that dominated the headlines earlier this year, but prospects for its passage are still murky, as it will require a 2/3 majority in both the State Senate and State House to pass.

The bill would allow for rapid DNA testing to identify the guilty party in the event of a similar situation occurring in the future.

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6 Comments

  1. Bad plan, what’s next numbers tattooed on arms? Chips imbedded at birth? How about doing what is already on the books? You know, that thing called a background check.

  2. This is one of those things that will grow. Our elected officials have been treating us like frogs in a pot for too long. Kneejerk reactions like this lead to opening doors to abuses in rights to privacy and due process. When is the onus placed on the facility itself for the safety of the patients.

    I agree with CJ, it is another way for monitoring. The next group to be added into the bill are insurance agents, financial professionals whose work would not likely place them in a situation to be considered in a criminal act by genetics.

  3. NO.

    IT IS WRONG.

    Will not prevent future abuses. Get a freaking search warrant as always.

    The idiot “republican” who sponsored this piece of crap Big Brother bill needs to resign for the AZ GOP.

  4. Change the AZ Criminal Code to requiring nothing less than the Death Penalty for those convicted of rape, incest, child sex trafficking, and child sexual molestation. People with such deviant proclivities to commit those crimes would think twice and might leave the state of Arizona permanently or avoid Arizona completely, thus making life for the rest of us somewhat more safe.

  5. My DNA is recorded at Johns Hopkins, Military data base (DOD) and the BIA. Get used to it as it’s going to happen sooner or later.

  6. They say it’s for the good , but it will go to the dark side. Never fails. It’s also an invasion of your privacy. Just because there was a tragidy. It’s the so called blanket punishment to leagle citezens and I won’t pay for it.

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