Proposal to expand DNA sampling to misdemeanors fails in Colorado Senate due to lack of support

Bill postponed indefinitely

DENVER - A proposal to expand DNA sampling to include misdemeanors failed in the Senate Tuesday due to lack of support.

Democratic Senate President John Morse said this week he didn't have enough votes to pass the bill, which had already cleared the House. He asked a committee on Tuesday to postpone the bill indefinitely, one day before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

Most states, including Colorado, already collect DNA in felony cases. The bill would've expanded that to Class 1 criminal misdemeanors, which include some assaults and thefts.

Opponents had expressed concern that criminal misdemeanors also include lesser offenses, such as recording a film in a movie theater.

Supporters of the bill argued it would help solve crimes.

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