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State Legislative Affairs Update
By Scott Ehlers
South Carolina: Governor Vetoes Bill Seeking DNA Collection From Arrestees
Gov. Mark Sanford (R) has gone where no governor has gone before — he
vetoed a bill that would have required felony arrestees to provide a DNA
sample. Sanford vetoed H. 3304 on June 18, and the veto was sustained
on two separate votes by the House. Not only would the bill require that
DNA be collected from felony arrestees for inclusion in the state’s DNA
database, but it would also require arrestees found to be innocent or
whose charges were dropped to proactively petition for the expungement
of their DNA profiles from the database. Gov. Sanford said in his veto
“The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that all people
shall be ‘secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
unreasonable searches and seizures.’ The Fourth Amendment is intended to
establish a perimeter of personal integrity into which the government
cannot intrude absent co
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