Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.144
Regulation of Dna Laboratories; Penalties


(a)

The director by rule shall establish procedures for a DNA laboratory or criminal justice agency in the collection, preservation, shipment, analysis, and use of a DNA sample for forensic DNA analysis in a manner that permits the exchange of DNA evidence between DNA laboratories and the use of the evidence in a criminal case.

(b)

A DNA laboratory or criminal justice agency shall follow the procedures:

(1)

established by the director under this section; and

(2)

specified by the FBI, including use of comparable test procedures, laboratory equipment, supplies, and computer software.

(c)

The director may at any reasonable time enter and inspect the premises or audit the records, reports, procedures, or other quality assurance matters of any DNA laboratory that:

(1)

provides DNA records to the director under this subchapter; or

(2)

conducts forensic analysis.

(d)

A DNA laboratory conducting a forensic DNA analysis under this subchapter shall:

(1)

forward the DNA record of the analysis to the director at the departments crime laboratory or another location as required by the director; and

(2)

comply with this subchapter and rules adopted under this subchapter.

(e)

The director is the Texas liaison for DNA data, records, evidence, and other related matters between:

(1)

the FBI; and

(2)

a DNA laboratory or a criminal justice agency.

(f)

The director may:

(1)

conduct DNA analyses; or

(2)

contract with a laboratory, state agency, private entity, or institution of higher education for services to perform DNA analyses for the director.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 595, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1224 (H.B. 1068), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2005.
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