Senate District 18
John Eklund
Eklund's DNA Bill Signed By Governor
May 16, 2012
Senator Eklund (left) watches as Governor Kasich signs Senate Bill 268.
Legislation sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R- Munson Township) that closes a loophole in Ohio's DNA law and ensures that all felony offenders are treated equally was recently signed by Governor Kasich. The bill requires the collection of a DNA sample from individuals who are charged with a felony, but are not technically arrested for the offense. These individuals were previously not required to provide a DNA sample. In 2010, the General Assembly approved legislation that expanded the use of DNA sampling and established a biological evidence retention policy to better preserve and maintain evidence. Since then, more than 1,400 individuals have been added to a state DNA database and a number of cold cases have been solved. Senate Bill 268 will become effective Ohio law later this year.
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