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New Iowa law would broaden DNA database

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DNA sampling has helped solve many crimes, and now a new law in Iowa hopes to expand the testing to catch more criminals.

The new law would require people convicted of aggravated misdemeanors like vehicle burglary and credit card fraud to submit a DNA sample when they are arrested.

In the past, only felons and sex offenders were forced to submit a DNA sample.

Assistant Lee County Attorney Bruce McDonald says more DNA samples would give them better resources in solving crimes.

"A DNA profile is developed that can be compared to the database of known DNA samples that are on file and we have solved cases in the past two or three years with similar circumstances," said McDonald. 

Some of the aggravated misdemeanors that are exempt from this new law include gaming and betting, hazardous waste offenses and certain traffic offenses.

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