Governor Branstad Signs Expanded DNA Sampling Measure

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad addresses the Linn Eagles at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on Friday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Kayleigh Milas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that requires people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday afternoon, flanked by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Brian London.

The measure requires adults convicted of crimes such as aggravated misdemeanor assault and theft to submit DNA samples to the federal DNA database.

Branstad says sampling is a valuable tool to help convict dangerous criminals and exonerate the innocent.

Previously, only convicted felons and sexual offenders had to submit samples.

Deferred judgment cases and misdemeanors related to hazardous waste, agricultural production and gambling are exempt from the law. Traffic offenses are also exempt unless a person has three drunken driving convictions in 12 years.

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