DNA sample after arrest; certain misdemeanors. (SB644)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


DNA sample after arrest; certain misdemeanors. Adds indecent exposure and obscene sexual display to the list of crimes for which a DNA sample must be taken upon arrest for commission or attempted commission of such crimes. The provisions of the bill apply only to persons convicted on or after July 1, 2018. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102251D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB644)
01/29/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB644)
02/07/2018Reported from Finance with amendment (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Read second time
02/09/2018Reading of amendment waived
02/09/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/09/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB644E
02/09/2018Printed as engrossed 18102251D-E
02/12/2018Passed by temporarily
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB644E)
02/12/2018Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Placed on Calendar
02/15/2018Read first time
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2018Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
03/01/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
03/06/2018Left in Appropriations


ACLU of Virginia writes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes any expansion of the list of crimes for which DNA collection is mandatory. Expanding the databank, particularly to include more minor offenses, raises serious constitutional concerns about individual privacy and due process.3

ACLU-VA Police Practices, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes legislation to require collection of DNA for any person arrested for a misdemeanor.