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Florida Bill on Unauthorized DNA Analysis

A bill making unauthorized DNA analysis a felony is making its way through the Florida Senate, Florida Politics reports.

It adds that the bill, sponsored by State Senator Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero), would making analyzing someone else's DNA or submitting someone else's DNA for analysis without their consent a felony. The bill would also make it a misdemeanor to collect, without authorization, someone's DNA for analysis and a third-degree felony to disclose someone's genetic testing results without authorization.

According to Florida Politics, the bill has passed the Senate Commerce Committee and is heading to the Senate Rules Committee. The bill has also been introduced in the Florida House by Rep. Josie Tomkow (R-Polk City). Both, it adds, build off of the Florida genetic privacy law passed last year that prevents life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions.