Montana lawmakers have passed a law that requires out-of-state sex offenders who move to and live in Montana to submit a DNA sample to authorities. The DNA sample will be added to the state’s existing offender database.
Authorities are able to use the database to match DNA collected during crime investigations to past offenders. The bill was signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock on Wednesday.
Staff at the Montana State Crime Lab estimate roughly 2,000 out-of-state offender DNA samples will be added to the database. Staff say the lab is equipped to process the samples, because they will come in gradually and parts of the process are automated.