Posted: Mar 29, 2013 1:50 PM by MTN News
Updated: Mar 30, 2013 8:58 AM
UPDATE: 3/30/13 (Story edited to remove a error )
HELENA - Out-of-state sex offenders who move to Montana will now be required to submit a DNA sample to the Montana state DNA database.
The bill, introduced at the request of Attorney General Tim Fox, passed both houses unanimously and was signed by the governor this week.
"This new legislation gets Montana in sync with the laws of most other states, and may lead law enforcement and prosecutors to criminals who should be in prison for unsolved crimes," Fox wrote in a press release. "It also prevents them from committing future harm against our children or other Montanans."
Before Senate Bill 213, people convicted of violent or sexual crimes in other states were required to register in Montana upon moving here. However, a DNA sample was not required.