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Budget committee to take up DNA upon arrest

Published On: May 23 2013 07:00:59 AM CDT
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Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

The Legislature's powerful finance committee is expected to review Gov. Scott Walker's plan to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony and anyone convicted of any crime.

Right now Wisconsin collects DNA only from convicted felons and sex offenders. Walker's executive budget lays out nearly $6 million for the initiative. The money largely would come from an existing $250 surcharge on felony offenders and a new $200 surcharge on misdemeanor offenders.

Half of the states as well as the federal government seize DNA upon felony arrests. Civil rights advocates, though, still see Walker's plan as an invasion of privacy.

The Republican-controlled finance committee is scheduled to consider the proposal Thursday. The panel could approve it as written, modify it or delete it altogether.

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