RICHMOND – Delegate David Toscano (D-57) is pleased to announce that the initiative to expand the DNA database has passed its first hurdle by obtaining support from the House Criminal Law Subcommittee. Working closely with Albemarle Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding, Toscano introduced HB 1617, which would expand the DNA database by adding several serious Class I misdemeanors to the list of offenses requiring DNA samples to be submitted by convicted offenders. Law enforcement officials believe this to be an effective tool to prevent future tragedies.
Speaking in support of Delegate Toscano’s bill, Sheriff Harding highlighted that “stopping a repeat offender early could prevent them from going on to commit much more heinous crimes.”
“This initiative has the potential to save lives and prevent future tragedies,” said Delegate Toscano. “It enjoys bipartisan support and we hope it will pass.”
The bill moves forward as a joint initiative of Toscano and Delegate Rob Bell (R-58).
Delegate David J. Toscano represents the 57th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates, which is comprised of the City of Charlottesville and a portion of Albemarle County. Mr. Toscano also serves as the House Democratic Leader, a position he has held since first elected by his peers in 2011.