SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois legislators have passed a bill requiring sex offenders and people arrested for serious violent crimes to give DNA samples that will comprise a statewide DNA database.
The bill now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. It passed the Senate Thursday 53-1.
Supporters say the bill strengthens law enforcement by establishing a tool to investigate crime and free wrongfully convicted citizens.
The bill requires registered sex offenders living in Illinois to submit a DNA sample, regardless of where they were convicted. Those indicted for, or if probable cause was found for first degree murder, home invasion and various forms of sexual assault charges, must also give DNA samples.
Illinois State Police would be required to erase DNA profiles on court order.
The bill is HB3238.
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