Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.147
Access to Dna Database Information


(a)

The director by rule shall establish procedures:

(1)

to prevent unauthorized access to the DNA database; and

(2)

to release from the DNA database a DNA sample, analysis, record, or other information maintained under this subchapter.

(b)

The director may adopt rules relating to the internal disclosure, access, or use of a sample or DNA record in a DNA laboratory.

(c)

The director may release a DNA sample, analysis, or record only:

(1)

to a criminal justice agency for criminal justice or law enforcement identification purposes;

(2)

for a judicial proceeding, if otherwise admissible under law;

(3)

for criminal defense purposes to a defendant, if related to the case in which the defendant is charged or released from custody under Article 17.47 (Conditions Requiring Submission of Specimen), Code of Criminal Procedure, or other court order; or

(4)

for another purpose:

(A)

described in Section 411.143 (Purposes); or

(B)

required under federal law as a condition for obtaining federal funding.

(d)

The director may release a record of the number of requests made for a defendants individual DNA record and the name of the requesting person.

(e)

A criminal justice agency may have access to a DNA sample for a law enforcement purpose through:

(1)

the agencys laboratory; or

(2)

a laboratory used by the agency.

(f)

The director shall maintain a record of requests made under this section.
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. 10, eff. September 1, 2005.
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