Congressman Scott Tipton Proud of Katie’s Law Results in Colorado: Working to Bring About Federal Version

Feb 16, 2011 Issues: Constitutional Issues

Congressman Scott Tipton Proud of Katie’s Law Results in Colorado:

Working to Bring About Federal Version

Washington, D.C.—In light of today’s announcement by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation heralding the success of Katie’s Law in Colorado, Congressman Scott Tipton announced that he will be an original co-sponsor of legislation on a federal level to incentivize other states adopt the law. Rep. Tipton spearheaded the effort to pass Katie’s Law in the Colorado state House in 2009, and it was enacted four months ago. 

“I’m excited to see the results announced today by the Colorado Department of Investigation.  Katie’s Law was an important accomplishment for me in the Colorado House and I’m proud of the work we were able to do to get it passed,” Tipton said.  “I hope to further strengthen the impact of Katie’s Law by bringing it to a national scale and encouraging additional states to participate.”

Today, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced that nine older sex assault cases, three criminal mischief cases, and 28 property crimes (including arson, burglary, robbery and theft) were identified in the past four months because of Katie’s Law.

Katie’s Law was named after Katie Sepich, a young woman who was raped and murdered in Las Cruces, NM.  Her killer was repeatedly arrested following her death, but it wasn’t until three years passed that he was convicted of a felony and his DNA was collected, linking him to Katie’s murder.  Currently 23 states and the federal government collect DNA samples from felony arrestees and submit them into the Nation DNA Index System (NDIS).   The federal version of Katie’s Law would provide incentives for states to participate in this program, expanding the size of the NDIS and building its effectiveness.

The Federal version of Katie’s Law will likely be introduced in the U.S. House next week.