JUNEAU - Sen. Hollis French is lumping post-conviction DNA testing procedures into his existing bill on evidence retention. As considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, French's bill now challenges territory Gov. Sean Parnell staked out with a bill he submitted in January.
Unlike the governor's bill, French's has the support of the Alaska Innocence Project and ACLU of Alaska. The DNA testing portions of French's bill more closely imitate provisions of federal law allowing for somewhat more access to DNA evidence.
The committee passed French's bill on to the House Finance Committee, where the governor's bill is also pending.