DNA rule change could wait for new forensive lab

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A Vermont lawmaker says a bill that would expand the number of people required to give DNA samples will probably be amended to give the state more time to be ready process the influx of samples.

Senator Richard Sears of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the extra time will be needed so the Vermont Forensic Laboratory can move into a larger facility.

Sears made the comments after forensive lab chief Eric Buel said technicians wouldn’t be able to keep up with the additional samples that would be collected as part of proposed sex offender legislation being considered by the Legislature.

The bill calls for people to give a DNA sample when they’re charged with a felony or with misdemeanor domestic assault or certain sex crimes.

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