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September/October 2007 , Page 57 

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State Legislative Affairs Update

By Scott Ehlers

DNA Collection

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 message:

“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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