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Iowa Legislature to consider law forcing people convicted of aggravated misdemeanor to submit DNA sample


This news story was published on December 31, 2012.
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State capitol of Iowa

State capitol of Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Legislature convenes on January 14th, 2013 and will consider a bill that would require any person convicted of or receiving a deferred judgment for an aggravated misdemeanor to submit a DNA sample.

The bill has already been pre-filed as of December 19th and was submitted by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

The bill would amend current legislation that already requires a person who receives a deferred judgment or a conviction for a felony to submit a DNA sample.

The bill would also allow a defendant convicted of an aggravated misdemeanor and who has not been required to submit a DNA sample to move the court to order DNA profiling of evidence collected in the defendant’s case.

If approved, the the amended law would take affect on July 1st, 2014.

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16 Responses to Iowa Legislature to consider law forcing people convicted of aggravated misdemeanor to submit DNA sample

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    January 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I think every person should have a DNA swab of himself kept in a safe deposit box just in case an ID is ever needed. I don’t like the idea of the government having everyone’s DNA unless s/he is a felon or in the military.

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      a citizen Reply Report comment

      January 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you. It’s nice to see that you lump felons and people in the military together.

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        Katie Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 12:16 am

        Good grief. Some people can twist anything any way they want to make themselves look pathetically ridiculous. If you can’t figure out why people in the military shouldn’t have DNA on file, they you are even more ignorant than I thought. People like you love to take things out of context and make big deals out of absolutely nothing.

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        a citizen Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

        @Katie – I’m sorry. I was 30 years military, DNA tested at least 4 times, so I know what you meant. My wife tells me that sometimes my sense of humor gets me in trouble, and this is one of those times. I know how passionate you are about things, which is one of the qualities I admire about you, so I couldn’t resist that jab just to see how you would react. Please forgive me. Though it is nice to know you find me “pathetically ridiculous” and more ignorant than you thought. I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to our continuing lively debates. God bless.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

        I thought you worked in a factory? Were you an astronaut and a spy too?

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

        @ A Citizen-so now it comes out. You worked in a factory but had 30 years in the military so the nest egg you have is really a military pension. I would be willing to bet your pension is much bigger that your social security so basically you are living off the taxpayers expense.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

        @A Citizen “We planned our lives so that in our later years, we would need to depend on no one but ourselves and our frugality.” There is a word for that, it’s called hypocrisy.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

        I enjoy seeing people get self-rightous and judgemental. Shows that I am not the only one. lol
        1) did 8 years active, 22 reserve and guards. 1 year in Viet Nam. 2) @Anonymous-those 30 yrs were planning for our later years. Not a hypocrite, just far-sighted and dedicated. 3)@LVS-Living off the taxpayers expense? Put 30 yrs in the service of my country. Risked my life in VN. Will carry a piece of metal as a remembrance for the rest of my life for it. Tell me, what the hell did you do for your country??
        And I will ask you people the same question I ask all whiners and complainers when they find out I have benefits, “Why didn’t you join the military and earn the same benefits I enjoy today? Maybe it’s just easier to have someone go out and do your fighting for you.” Have a nice day.

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        a citizen Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        Not sure how my name was taken off that post, but I think you all know it was mine.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        @A Citizen-you misunderstand or else I put it wrong. You will never hear me say anything against a veteran. I appreciate everything they have done for our country. And you know nothing about me or what I have done so don’t be to judgemental. What I stated was the truth. You are on a military pension and that IS taxpayer funded. I never said it wasn’t justified. Now, that we are on the subject I do have a problem with some people. I know of one person here in town that was in the service, got in a fight in a bar and hurt their shoulder and is on military partial disability for life. Was not in a combat unit and was nothing more than a clerk Never even got close to combat. Do you think that is fair? This person brags about it all the time.

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        a citizen Reply Report comment

        January 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        @LVS – You’ve got me on this one. Here was a person who was in the right place at the right time and is going to milk it for everything he can get out of it. Is it right? I don’t think so. Is it life? Unfortunatly, yes.

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    Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Why not take a DNA sample from every baby as soon as they’re born? What’s the big deal? That way we would have a complete database to assist us in solving crimes and identifying biologic parents. If you’re a good citizen who obeys the laws you have nothing to fear. I honestly don’t see a problem with this.

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      Big Brother Reply Report comment

      December 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      You WON’T see a problem with it, until the data is used in a way you don’t see fit. Then it will be too late.

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      Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

      December 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Sorry, I meant “biological” parents.

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      happyguy Reply Report comment

      December 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      I can’t go along with taking everyones but if you are convicted of a serious or aggravated misdemeanor I see no problem with that. In fact I like the idea. Do the crime do the time.

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Where will Big Brother stop invading our privacy? Next it will be serious misdemeaners and so and so on.