l.rae, post his state, if nothing else. It doesn't do any good to get feedback from people who are not his constituents.
I read this bill when Karen posted about it. The intent is to provide funding to the states so they can process and catalogue a huge backlog of DNA specimens. The idea is that if the specimens were tested, that DNA evidence could help free comvicted rapists of crimes they did not commit, and also help solve rape crimes. The bill was originally passed in 2000. But, it only provided funding until 2003, so the ammendment is to continue funding for the program.
Where local crimes are indeed the responsibility of local law enforcement, most criminals aren't so kind as to stay in one place. Once they have crossed a state line, it IS a federal problem, and under federal jurisdiction. Wouldn't it be nice if DNA collected in Florida could be matched to a new crime in Kansas and identify the criminal?
Sounds like some emailing and campaigning is in order. As a suggestion, go to www.tray.com
This website tracks a candidates "money line." You might be interested in who and why this "friend of rapists" is getting his campaign money.