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New federal law to fund Wisconsin DNA collections


MADISON (WKOW)-- A new federal law could give the Wisconsin Justice Department more money to start collecting DNA upon arrest.

Republican Governor Scott Walker has promised to include certain provisions in his executive state budget that would call for police to collect DNA from anyone arrested for a felony, anyone arrested for certain misdemeanor sex offenses and from all adults convicted of any misdemeanor.

These changes are expected to cost at least $7.2 million over the next two years. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has proposed shifting money away from schools, prisons, gang prevention initiatives, and defense attorneys to pay for it.

President Barak Obama however, has already signed a measure that establishes $10 million in annual grants for states to start DNA collection at arrest.

Governor Walker says the law could prove helpful for Wisconsin

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