Senator Eklund (left) watches as Governor Kasich signs Senate Bill 268.
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Legislation sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R- Munson Township) that closes a loophole in Ohio's DNA law and ensures that all felony offenders are treated equally was recently signed by Governor Kasich. The bill requires the collection of a DNA sample from individuals who are charged with a felony, but are not technically arrested for the offense. These individuals were previously not required to provide a DNA sample. In 2010, the General Assembly approved legislation that expanded the use of DNA sampling and established a biological evidence retention policy to better preserve and maintain evidence. Since then, more than 1,400 individuals have been added to a state DNA database and a number of cold cases have been solved. Senate Bill 268 will become effective Ohio law later this year.
Senator Eklund represents the 18th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Geauga and Lake counties as well as portions of Cuyahoga County. For more information, please visit http://OhioSenate.gov/Eklund.
 
 
 
  
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