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.