Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted this week to approve a bill amending the DNA Identification Act of 1994.
On Thursday, Thornberry joined a majority of House members in voting to approve SB 139 by a 256-164 margin. The bill's passage included a bipartisan vote of 191 Republicans and 65 Democrats voting to approve. 45 Republicans and 119 Democrats voted against the bill.
According to the U.S. House of Representatives Clerk, the bill, authored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), would amend the DNA Identification Act of 1994 to require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to issue standards and procedures for using Rapid DNA instruments to analyze DNA samples of criminal offenders.
Prior to the bill's arrival in the U.S. House, U.S. Senators voted to approve the bill.