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Bill Would Restore DNA Collection for Some California Criminals

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State lawmakers approved legislation allowing law enforcement to once again take DNA samples from criminals convicted of crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors.

AB390 advanced Tuesday on a 64-2 vote. It is one of several bills introduced to roll back provisions of Proposition 47, which voters approved last November to reduce penalties for some crimes.

Criminals convicted of crimes considered misdemeanors instead of felonies don’t have to surrender DNA samples.

Democratic Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove introduced AB390 after law enforcement groups said they were losing key information during criminal investigations.

His bill only compels DNA samples for criminals who have prior convictions for violent misdemeanors, including witness intimidation and possessing machine guns.

AB390 heads to the Senate, which is considering restoring felony charges for possessing date rape drugs.