|Minnesota Wants to Pass Bill to Perform Familial DNA Searching|
A Minnesota bill, HF 0981, introduced and written by State Representative Tony Cornish, would authorize but restrict familial searches to first- or second-degree murder, first- or second-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, missing persons, or other cases "involving an imminent threat to public safety."
The search could take place only after law enforcement has exhausted all other investigative leads. Under the bill, the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension would establish rules governing the familial DNA process. Minnesota may follow California and Colorado which are the only states to implement legislative rules to conduct such searches. Maryland and the District of Columbia ban it, and the FBI which runs the largest DNA database in the nation, the National DNA Index System (NDIS), doesn't allow such searches absent a congressional mandate.