Friday, March 1, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024

House Rejects DNA Collection at Arrest Bill

Today, the House of Delegates rejected one bill, passed two, amended one, and advanced one with amendments pending.

The House rejected House Bill 4627 on a 66 opposed and 30 in favor. The bill would have required the collection of DNA at the point of arrest for qualified arrestees. Proponents felt it was “another tool in the toolbox” for law enforcement to help find criminals who had gotten away with one crime but committed another. Opponents felt the bill was a violation of rights. People get arrested without being found guilty. Some opponents liked the concept of the bill but felt there was too much confusion to pass it.

House Bill 4595 updates LOCHHRA’s authority to enter executive session for special circumstances to hear investigation details relating to child abuse, nursing home abuse, CPS cases, APS cases, etc.

House Bill 4756 creates the Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia Advisory Council. The bill requires the council to submit a report within 24 months. The bill terminates the council on July 31, 2026.

House Bill 4205 was amended. The amended bill recognizes the Legislature as having legal standing to intervene in any lawsuit seeking declaratory or injunctive relief regarding the legality or constitutionality of any law, regulation, or involving any illegal or unauthorized changes/attempted changes to any state election law or regulation, by or against any state agency department or state government official.

House Bill 4759 was advanced to third with the right to amend. The bill requires companies to use E-Verify to confirm the legal employment status of all persons who come into their employ and report their employment to the appropriate governmental agencies.

House Bills 4776, 4777, and 4860 were postponed one day.

Bills introduced today can be found here.

Resolutions introduced today can be found here.

A motion was made to reconsider House Bill 4793, which passed the House yesterday. Another motion was made to table the reconsideration. The tabling motion was adopted; therefore, the bill will not be reconsidered by the House.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, January 26, 2023, at 11 a.m.

Committee Meetings, today Jan. 25
The Committee on Economic Development and Tourism will meet at 1:35 p.m. in Room 410.
The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet at 3 p.m. in Room 215E.
The Committee on Technology and Infrastructure will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Room 434.

Committee Meetings, tomorrow Jan. 25
The Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 460 for Budget Hearings. Jan. | Feb.
The Judiciary Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 410.
The Education Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 434.
The Rules Committee will meet at 10:45 a.m. behind the House Chamber.

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