Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Bill seeks to increase funding for DNA backlog

7/27/05 Federal Update from NCVC: Representative Andrews introduces bill to increase funding for eliminating the nationwide DNA backlog. On July 22, Representative Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 3404, the DNA Database Completion Act. The bill would authorize increased funding levels to eliminate the nationwide backlog of DNA samples. H.R. 3404 provides $100 million for fiscal years 2005-2009 for testing convicted offender samples and $151 million for testing backlogged crime scene samples, including rape kits. The bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.