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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1692         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1176

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the expansion of the state DNA database.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1692        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1176

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1176) of Bruce E. Tarr, Richard J. Ross, Michael R. Knapik, Robert L. Hedlund and other members of the General Court for legislation to expand the state DNA database.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the expansion of the state DNA database.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 3 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 official edition, is hereby amended by striking the text thereof, and inserting in place thereof following: -

              (a) Any person who is convicted of an offense that is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison and any person adjudicated a youthful offender by reason of an offense that would be punishable by imprisonment in the state prison if committed by an adult shall submit a DNA sample to the department. 

              (b) Any person who is arrested by virtue of process, or is taken into custody by an officer and charged with the commission of: (i) an offense listed in clause (i) of subsection (b) of section 25 of chapter 279; or (ii) section 17 or section 18 of chapter 266, and who upon arrest has been arraigned pursuant to the applicable court rules under the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall submit a DNA sample to the department. 

              (c) The trial court and probation department shall work in conjunction with the director to establish and implement a system for the electronic notification to the department whenever a person is required to submit a DNA sample under this section.  The sample shall be collected by a person authorized under section 4 of this chapter subsequent to arraignment, in accordance with regulations or procedures established by the director.  The results of such sample shall be made part of the state DNA database. 

              SECTION 2. Section 11 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, as amended by chapter 192 of the acts of 2012, is hereby amended by striking the text thereof and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              Any person required to provide a DNA sample pursuant to this chapter and who fails to provide such DNA sample shall be subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than six months, or both.

              SECTION 3.  Section 12 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 offical edition, is hereby amended, in line 6, by striking out the figure “$1,000” and inserting in its place thereof the folllowing figure:- “$2,000”; and

              further, in line 7, by striking out the words “six months” and inserting in place thereof the folllowing:- 1 year.

              SECTION 4.  Section 13 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 offical edition, is hereby amended by striking, in line 4, the figure “$1,000” and inserting in its place thereof the folllowing:- “$2,000”; and  further, in line 5, by striking the words “six months” and inserting in place thereof the folllowing:- 1 year.

              SECTION 5.  Section 15 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 offical edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsections:- 

              (b) The department shall destroy the DNA sample and any records of a person related to the sample that were taken in connection with a particular alleged designated crime if the sample was collected post-arraignment under subsection (b) of section 3, and any of the following occurs: the felony charge which required the DNA sample is downgraded to a misdemeanor by the prosecuting attorney upon a plea agreement or the person is convicted of a lesser offense that is a misdemeanor other than one constituting abuse as defined in section 1 of chapter 209A or a sex offense for which registration is required pursuant to sections 178C to 178P of chapter 6; (ii) the person is acquitted after a trial of the charges which required the taking of the DNA sample; or (iii) the charges which required the taking of the DNA sample are dismissed by either the court or the state after arraignment unless good cause is shown why the sample should not be destroyed.

              (c) If the person has more than one entry in the state DNA database, CODIS, or the state DNA data bank, only the entry related to the dismissed case shall be deleted.

              (d) The trial court and probation department shall work in conjunction with the director to establish and implement a system for the electronic notification to the department whenever a DNA sample is required to be destroyed pursuant to this section.  The department shall notify the person upon destroying the DNA sample and completing its responsibilities under this subsection.

              (e) If a DNA sample is matched to another DNA sample during the course of a criminal investigation, the record of the match shall not be expunged even if the sample itself is expunged in accordance with the provisions of this section.

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