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Law could triple number of DNA samples collected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Authorities say a new law could triple thenumber of DNA samples collected while some are expressing privacy concerns. The new law requires DNA samples be provided by people convicted of misdemeanors including assault and battery, domestic abuse, pointing a firearm, Peeping Tom and causing a personal injury accident while driving under the influence. The state currently collects DNA from convicted felons and gets about 12,500 new samples each year. Andrea Solorzano at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Sciences Center in Edmond says the new law could mean an additional 30,000 samples every year. Supporters say the evidence helps solve crimes but some say the new law infringes on personal privacy rights.

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