RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Friends and family are fighting to pass a bill they believe could have saved the life of Brianna Denison, a college student who was murdered back in 2008.
The bill would require anyone booked and arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample.
A very similar bill was presented at the state legislature two years ago, but the major difference now according to Sen. Debbie Smith is that this bill is more clear and address privacy concerns about submitting a DNA sample. Sen. Smith says DNA samples don't reveal personal information like race or health.
Jayann Sepich, whose daughter was killed after being abducted says, "It's not about our daughters. There's nothing we can do to bring our daughters back. It's about saving other young women. It's about other mothers who will never have to go through what we've been through."
Edward Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart who was kidnapped, says "If this DNA passes, the criminals are going to be taken off the streets and they're going to be caught. There aren't going to be numerous victims like there have been in the past."
Another concern about the bill is the funding. Sepich says for every $30 spent on DNA samples, it saves the state $27,000.
No decision is expected to be reached today.