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Inslee signs DNA preservation bill into law

Gov. Inslee signs House Bill 1069 into law on Monday, May 11, 2015. Photo: Legislative Support Services

Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Rep. Tina Orwall’s measure requiring that DNA products secured in connection with a felony violent or sex offense be preserved:

  • throughout the length of the defendant’s sentence when convicted in connection with the case;
  • for 99 years or until the defendant’s death when the defendant was convicted and sentenced to a determinate plus sentence in connection with the case;
  • for 99 years or throughout the period of the statute of limitations when the defendant is found not guilty in connection with the case; or
  • for 99 years or throughout the period of the statute of limitations in any case where the identity of the perpetrator is not known.

Listen to the radio report here, or read the Associated Press story here.