Governor Walker signs DNA collection bill

File photo of police emergency lights.
File photo.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill scaling back when police can seize DNA samples under a law to take effect next year.

Under current state law only convicted felons and sex offenders have to give up their DNA. A new law taking effect next year requires police to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony and adults convicted of a misdemeanor.

The bill Walker signed Tuesday scales that back, allowing police to take DNA upon arrest only if the person has been arrested for a violent felony such as rape or assault.

The measure also specifies the samples would go to the state crime lab rather than allowing local police to hold them. The lab couldn’t analyze the DNA until there’s been a finding of probable cause.

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