The Missouri Senate passed an amendment creating a DNA bank for genetic profiling of criminals.
Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.
The amendment requires convicted sex offenders and violent felons within Missouri to provide a DNA sample to the state.
Currently convicted individuals must also submit DNA samples under the amendment.
Republican Senator Larry Rohrbach says DNA evidence has become increasingly helpful in determining guilt or innocence.
The DNA collection amendment is attached to a broad judicial bill pending in the Senate.
From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.