- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are eyeing legislation requiring people who have been arrested for, but not convicted of, certain crimes to submit to DNA testing.

Under current law, a person convicted of a felony, sexual offense, or offense involving a child or vulnerable adult must submit to DNA testing. Results are stored in a database used by law enforcement as a crime-solving tool.

A Republican-sponsored bill that cleared a House committee Wednesday requires DNA testing of anyone merely arrested for any violent felony, sexual offense or offense involving a child or vulnerable.

The attorney general’s office and American Civil Liberties Union have raised concerns about the bill, which will likely be amended before any vote in the House.

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