Police in Kentucky would take DNA samples from people arrested on felony charges under a bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
If the measure is passed by the full Legislature, Kentucky would join the federal government and 25 other states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The panel vote was unanimous. The measure will proceed to the full House for consideration.
Jefferson Democrat Mary Lou Marzian, who sponsored the bill, said federal grant money would be available to help cover startup costs, which would be between $1.3 and $1.6 million.