H.R. 4614: Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010

H.R. 4614

Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010

Rep. Harry Teague

May 18, 2010 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 4616, on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  H.R. 4614 was introduced on February 4, 2010, by Rep.  Harry Teague (D-NM), and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4616 amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to increase payments under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program by 10 percent to states that implement and use an enhanced DNA collection process. 


The bill is named for Katie Sepich, a New Mexico graduate student who was murdered in 2003.  Although her killer's DNA was found under her fingernails, he was not convicted until after a state law was passed in 2006 requiring DNA collection for certain crimes.  The killer was arrested for burglary and his DNA was collected and ran in the system.


CBO has not scored H.R. 4614.