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KOB: NM-backed DNA legislation goes to president

Legislation named after a slain New Mexico State University student has been passed by Congress and is now awaiting the president’s signature.

U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reignited the push for a national “Katie’s Law” last year. The legislation was aimed at creating incentives for states to implement programs to collect DNA from individuals arrested or charged with serious crimes.

The legislation passed the Senate late Friday. House approval came the week before Christmas.