Taxpayers will not have to foot the bill under Lincolkn Senator Bill Avery’s bill to force all felons in the state to give up DNA samples. The kit to do so, costs up to 30 dollars and Avery says the felon would remain locked up until the fee is paid.
“You probably would find that most of these convictions would have multi year sentences so that they have plenty of time for the family or the felon to come up with $30.”
Senator John Whiteman of Lexington says many felons have no money and he has trouble believing that the state would never have to pay for a felon to get the DNA test. The bill is moving on to a final vote.