House approves version of Katie’s Law
The U.S. House passed on a voice vote a measure patterned after a measure already in place in Colorado.
House Resolution 6014, or “Katie’s Law,” would provide grants to states for the collection of DNA from certain criminal suspects.
The law was named for Katie Sepich, whose murder in 2003 was solved by tracing the DNA found under her fingernails to a man who then confessed to killing her.
The measure by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was supported by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., who passed similar legislation in the Colorado Legislature.
Colorado is one of 24 states that have versions of Katie’s Law.
“In Colorado, Katie’s Law has a proven track record of helping law enforcement take dangerous criminals off the streets, undoubtedly preventing future crimes,” Tipton said, calling the House action “a blow to violent criminals.”
The measure would give law enforcement greater ability to track down most violent offenders and close cold cases.