The bill requiring automatic DNA collection of arrestees died in committee on Monday evening. Assembly Bill 552 would have mandated collection of DNA from anyone arrested for a felony, whether or not DNA is necessary to investigate the crime, and whether or not the individual is ever charged or convicted of the crime.
The Senate Finance Committe did not vote on AB 552. Like the ACLU of Nevada, the Committee Chairman Steven Horsford was concerned about the privacy implications of the bill.
DNA profiles do not go away once they are collected. Profiles were not automatically removed from the state database if an individual was not convicted of a crime. Additionally, although the state promised that the records in its database could be removed, the state could not force the federal government to remove the DNA profiles added to its database. Any records removed from the state database could have been included and searched in the national database for years to come.