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.