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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 7, 2017 02:41 PM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: Crime Labs and DNA Evidence (Re-Introduction)
 
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation – former House Bill 891 of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session – to provide for the preservation of biological evidence collected in connection with criminal investigations and processed in crime labs.

It is vitally important that our judiciary system process, secure, maintain and track evidence related to the indictment or conviction of a resident of the Commonwealth to ensure transparency and accountability. As such, my legislation would require the preservation of biological evidence, including DNA profiles, for the period of time an inmate remains under state jurisdiction.

Additionally, my legislation institutes standards and prohibitions relating to the maintenance and destruction of this evidence, and creates a centralized tracking system which would allow for evidence connected to either open cases or post-conviction DNA to be located expeditiously.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Previous Co-Sponsors – House Bill 891 of 2015-2016 - MAHONEY, HARHAI, DeLUCA, DEASY, FRANKEL, J. HARRIS, SCHLOSSBERG, THOMAS, KINSEY, BROWNLEE, STURLA, BISHOP, MILLARD, MURT, C. PARKER, COHEN, READSHAW, PASHINSKI and GIBBONS



Introduced as HB1128