INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Indiana Senate has voted to send Gov. Eric Holcomb a bill allowing DNA
swabs to be taken upon a personís felony arrest despite sharp disagreements.
The measure by
Republican Sen. Erin Houchin of Salem had previously advanced through the
Senate but lawmakers again aired concerns Thursday. It was ultimately
approved 36-13 on final passage and now heads to the governorís desk.
the bill would help law enforcement officers solve crimes and exonerate the
innocent. But critics say the bill goes against the Constitutionís
protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
Other opponents say
the bill needs to include automatic expungement if the arrestee ultimately
Holcomb has not
taken a public stance on the bill. A message left for his spokeswoman was
not immediately returned.