Senate Committee Passes DNA Testing Bill

Updated, April 9, 4 p.m.: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday passed a bill by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, that would require more DNA testing of biological evidence in death penalty cases.

The original version of Senate Bill 1292 included language requiring "all biological evidence" to be tested, but the version the committee approved includes only "evidence that can reasonably be used to either establish the identity of the person who may have committed the crime or exclude someone as having committed the crime," according to a statement from Ellis's office. 

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