We, the undersigned conferees, have had under consideration the amendments to the following entitled BILL:


S. B. No. 2430:  Katie's Law; require DNA sample from certain arrestees.


  We, therefore, respectfully submit the following report and recommendation:


  1.  That the House recede from its Amendment No. 1.


  2.  That the Senate and House adopt the following amendment:


     Amend by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:


     SECTION 1.  (1)  Every person who is arrested for the commission or attempted commission of a crime of violence as defined in Section 97-3-2 shall provide a biological sample for DNA testing to jail or detention center personnel upon booking.  The analysis shall be performed by the Mississippi Crime Lab or other entity designated by the Department of Public Safety, and the results shall be maintained by the Crime Lab according to standard protocols adopted for maintenance of DNA records in conformity to federal guidelines for the maintenance of such records.

     (2)  (a)  A DNA sample shall be collected by an individual who is trained in the collection procedures that the Crime Laboratory uses.

          (b)  The clerk of the court shall notify the Crime Lab of the final disposition of criminal proceedings.  The Crime Lab shall destroy the sample and delete from the database all records thereof if there is no other pending qualifying warrant or capias for an arrest or felony conviction that would require that the sample remain in the DNA Exclusionary Database and:

              (i)  The charge for which the sample was taken is dismissed;

              (ii)  The defendant is acquitted at trial or convicted of a lesser-included misdemeanor offense that is not an offense listed in this section;

              (iii)  No charge was filed within the statute of limitations, if any; or

              (iv)  No conviction has occurred, at least three (3) years has passed since the date of arrest, and there is no active prosecution.

     (3)  (a)  Any person who, without authority, disseminates information contained in the DNA data bank shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

          (b)  Any person who disseminates, receives, or otherwise uses or attempts to use information in the DNA data bank, knowing that such dissemination, receipt or use is for a purpose other than as authorized by law, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

          (c)  Except as authorized by law, any person who obtains or attempts to obtain any sample for purposes of having DNA analysis performed shall be guilty of a felony.

     (4)  (a)  Any person convicted under subsection (3)(a) shall be sentenced to a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or confinement in the county jail not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both.

          (b)  Any person convicted under subsection (3)(b) shall be sentenced to a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or confinement in the county jail not to exceed six (6) months, or both.

          (c)  Any person convicted under subsection (3)(c) shall be sentenced to a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or commitment to the custody of the Department of Corrections not to exceed two (2) years, or both.

     (5)  A defendant may file a motion with the court to seek destruction of the DNA sample and deletion of such information from the record under this section.

     (6)  This section shall not take effect unless the Legislature has provided sufficient funds for implementing the provisions of this section, including training, as certified by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

     SECTION 2.  Section 99-49-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     99-49-1.  (1)  Legislative intent.  The Legislature finds that:

          (a)  The value of properly preserved biological evidence has been enhanced by the discovery of modern DNA testing methods, which, coupled with a comprehensive system of DNA databases that store crime scene and offender profiles, allow law enforcement to improve its crime-solving potential;

          (b)  Tapping the potential of preserved biological evidence requires the proper identification, collection, preservation, storage, cataloguing and organization of such evidence;

          (c)  Law enforcement agencies indicate that "cold" case investigations are hindered by an inability to access biological evidence that was collected in connection with criminal investigations;

          (d)  Innocent people mistakenly convicted of the serious crimes for which biological evidence is probative cannot prove their innocence if such evidence is not accessible for testing in appropriate circumstances;

          (e)  It is well established that the failure to update policies regarding the preservation of evidence squanders valuable law enforcement resources, manpower hours and storage space; and

          (f)  Simple but crucial enhancements to protocols for properly preserving biological evidence can solve old crimes, enhance public safety and settle claims of innocence.

     (2)  Definitions.  For the purposes of this section:

          (a)  "Biological evidence" means the contents of a sexual assault examination kit or any item that contains blood, semen, hair, saliva, skin tissue, fingernail scrapings, bone, bodily fluids or other identifiable biological material that was collected as part of the criminal investigation or may reasonably be used to incriminate or exculpate any person for the offense.  This definition applies whether that material is catalogued separately, such as on a slide, swab or in a test tube, or is present on other evidence, including, but not limited to, clothing, ligatures, bedding or other household material, drinking cups, cigarettes or other items.

          (b)  "DNA" means deoxyribonucleic acid.

          (c)  "Custody" means persons currently incarcerated; civilly committed; on parole or probation; or subject to sex offender registration for the period of the registration or for the first five (5) years of the registration, whichever is the shorter period.

          (d)  "Profile" means a unique identifier of an individual, derived from DNA.

          (e)  "State" refers to any governmental or public entity within Mississippi, including all private entities that perform such functions, and its officials or employees, including, but not limited to, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices, courts, public hospitals, crime laboratories, and any other entity or individual charged with the collection, storage or retrieval of biological evidence.

     (3)  Preservation of evidence procedures.  (a)  The state shall preserve all biological evidence:

              (i)  That is secured in relation to an investigation or prosecution of a crime for the period of time that the crime remains unsolved; * * *or

              (ii)  That is secured in relation to an investigation or prosecution of a crime for the period of time that the person convicted of that crime remains in custody * * *.; or

              (iii)  That is secured as provided in Section 1 of this act.

          (b)  This section applies to evidence that:

              (i)  Was in the possession of the state during the investigation and prosecution of the case; and

              (ii)  At the time of conviction was likely to contain biological material.

          (c)  The state shall not destroy biological evidence should one or more additional co-defendants, convicted of the same crime, remain in custody, and shall preserve the evidence for the period of time in which all co-defendants remain in custody.

          (d)  The state shall retain evidence in the amount and manner sufficient to develop a DNA profile from the biological material contained in or included on the evidence.

          (e)  Upon written request by the defendant, the state shall prepare an inventory of biological evidence that has been preserved in connection with the defendant's criminal case.

          (f)  The state may destroy evidence that includes biological material before the expiration of the time period specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection if all of the following apply:

              (i)  No other provision of federal or state law requires the state to preserve the evidence.

              (ii)  The state sends certified delivery of notice of intent to destroy the evidence to:

                   1.  All persons who remain in custody as a result of the criminal conviction, delinquency adjudication, or commitment related to evidence in question;

                   2.  The attorney of record for each person in custody;

                   3.  The Mississippi Office of Indigent Appeals;

                   4.  The district attorney in the county of conviction; and

                   5.  The Mississippi Attorney General.

              (iii)  No person who is notified under paragraph (f)(ii) of this subsection does either of the following within sixty (60) days after the date on which the person received the notice:

                   1.  Files a motion for testing of evidence under Title 99, Chapter 39, Mississippi Code of 1972; or

                   2.  Submits a written request for retention of evidence to the state entity which provided notice of its intent to destroy evidence under paragraph (f)(ii) of this subsection.

          (g)  If, after providing notice under paragraph (f)(ii) of this subsection of its intent to destroy evidence, the state receives a written request for retention of the evidence, the state shall retain the evidence while the person remains in custody.

          (h)  The state shall not be required to preserve physical evidence that is of such a size, bulk or physical character as to render retention impracticable.  When such retention is impracticable, the state shall remove and preserve portions of the material evidence likely to contain biological evidence related to the offense, in a quantity sufficient to permit future DNA testing, before returning or disposing of the physical evidence.

          (i)  Should the state be called upon to produce biological evidence that could not be located and whose preservation was required under the provisions of this statute, the chief evidence custodian assigned to the entity charged with the preservation of said evidence shall provide an affidavit in which the custodian stipulates, under penalty of perjury, an accurate description of the efforts taken to locate that evidence and that the evidence could not be located.

     (4)  Any evidence in a murder, manslaughter or felony sexual assault case in the possession of the state on July 1, 2009, whether biological or not, shall be preserved by the state consistent with the legislative intent expressed in subsection (1) and subject to compliance with subsection (3)(f).

     (5)  Remedies for noncompliance.  If the court finds that biological evidence was destroyed in violation of the provisions of this section, it may impose appropriate sanctions and order appropriate remedies.

     SECTION 3.  Section 36 of House Bill No. 585, 2014 Regular Session, is amended as follows:

     97-43-3.1.  (1)  It shall be unlawful for any person to participate in, conduct, organize, supervise or manage, directly or indirectly, an organized theft or fraud enterprise.  Organized theft or fraud enterprise applies to conduct proscribed in the following provisions:

          (a)  Section 97-23-93, which relates to shoplifting;

          (b)  Sections 97-45-3 and 97-45-5, which relate to computer fraud;

          (c)  Section 97-45-19, which relates to fraudulent use of identity;

          (d)  Section 97-9-79, which relates to false information;

          (e)  Section 97-19-83, which relates to fraud by mail or other means of communication;

          (f)  Section 97-19-85, which relates to the fraudulent use of a social security number, credit card or debit card number or other identifying information; and

          (g)  Section 97-45-19, which relates to obtaining personal identity information of another person without authorization.

     (2)  It shall be unlawful for any person who has, with criminal intent, received any proceeds or services derived, directly or indirectly, from an organized theft or fraud enterprise.

     (3)  For the purposes of this section, an "organized theft or fraud enterprise" means any association of two (2) or more persons who engage in the conduct of or are associated for the purpose of effectuating the use, transfer or sale of merchandise, services or information that has a pecuniary value that causes a loss to the victim.

 * * * (4)  The value of the merchandise or services or the pecuniary loss involved in a violation of this section may be aggregated in determining the grade of the offense where the acts or conduct constituting a violation were committed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, whether from the same person or several persons, or were committed in furtherance of or in conjunction with an organized theft or fraud enterprise.

     ( * * *54)  Any person convicted under this section shall be, upon conviction, guilty of a felony and punished by a term of imprisonment of not more than twenty (20) years or fined not more than Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), or both.

     SECTION 4.  The following shall be codified as Section 41-29-139.1, Mississippi Code of 1972: 

     41-29-139.1.  The sentencing enhancements available under Section 41-29-147 for a second or subsequent offense under this article shall apply to any offender, except for an offender convicted only of a first offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary.

     SECTION 5.  It is the intent of the Legislature that all provisions of Section 3 of this act shall supersede the provisions of Section 36, House Bill No. 585, 2014 Regular Session, regardless of the effective dates of this act and House Bill No. 585.

     SECTION 6.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014.

     Further, amend by striking the title in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:









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