Arizona could become the first state in the nation to maintain a DNA database.
Proposed legislation in the Arizona Senate would require DNA ID to be collected from anyone who is required by law to submit fingerprints as part of an application for licensure or certification or renewal of a license or certificate if the person has not previously submitted DNA ID, and the person provides direct care in an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The bill was introduced by David Livingston (R-Peoria). If the law passes, many people, such as teachers, real estate agents, even parent school volunteers and foster parents may be required to give up their DNA. A $250 fee could be collected from a person who submits biological samples under the proposed bill.
Currently, no other state requires DNA sampling. Questions have been raised about whether certain requirements of the database are legal. Some legislators feel the bill is an invasion of privacy and violation of civil rights.