Rapid DNA Act Signed Into Law
AUGUST 2017 | NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law the Rapid DNA act, legislation that broadens the ability of law enforcement to use rapid DNA sequencing technology and upload resulting data into a federal database. The legislation “represents a bipartisan effort four years in the making,” Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who sponsored the bill, said in a statement. “It empowers our local law enforcement officers … to protect our communities and keep criminals off the streets.” The new law updates the DNA Identification Act of 1994 to authorize criminal justice agencies to upload profiles generated using rapid DNA analysis instruments to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). Previously, access to CODIS was restricted to DNA records generated at an accredited crime lab.