Arizona Rep David Livingston (R) has introduced a bill to force a host of Arizonans — who are not accused of any wrongdoing — to hand over their DNA to form a “massive statewide database,” according to a report from The Arizona Republic.
A new law being considered in Arizona would force state employees, parent volunteers and those seeking professional licenses to submit their DNA to a huge statewide database unprecedented in scope – and to pay for the “privilege.”
Anyone fingerprinted by the state for a job, volunteer position, or license –a surprisingly broad category that includes parent volunteers at public schools, government workers, real estate agents, foster parents, law enforcement and healthcare workers– would be required to submit their DNA to a central database run by the Arizona Department of Public Safety under the proposed law. Anyone ordered by the court to submit DNA for the purpose of verifying paternity or other familial relationships would also end up in the database, and even dead bodies passing through the office of the medical examiner would be subjected to DNA collection, if Senate Bill 1745, proposed by Arizona state Rep. David Livingston (R), becomes law.
The treasure-trove of genetic material would be available to all law enforcement personnel, other government agencies (potentially out-of-state and federal), and even to private interests conducting “legitimate research.” Indexed by name, social security number, birthdate, and last known address, such a sprawling database would be unprecedented in any US state.
To pay for the scheme, the bill proposes a $250 fee to be collected from anyone submitting a sample – adding insult to privacy-invading injury.
Livingston did not respond to multiple requests from the Arizona Republic to explain the motivation behind the bill, leaving legal experts to wonder what it might accomplish. The obvious explanation –facilitating criminal investigations– appears to be beside the point, since Arizona law enforcement already collects DNA from individuals convicted of felonies and misdemeanor sex crimes.
Everyone’s a presumed “criminal” in the New America™.
Innocent until proven guilty is now guilty until proven innocent.
American citizens must give up all our rights and freedoms in the name of security but our borders will be left wide open for any criminal who wants to come in illegally.
I would assume the excuse which will be given to justify this attempted power grab is the recent arrest of an Arizona man for a possible four murders and two rapes going back to 1997 as a result of DNA:
Just as leftists push to disarm law-abiding citizens whenever a criminal carries out a mass shooting, Rep. David Livington — who is a Republican — appears to be pushing to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens due to this alleged murderer’s crimes.
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