Katie's law reflected in Washington D.C.

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The United States House of Representatives has passed House Resolution 6014, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012. The act, named after the Carlsbad High graduate and New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003, provides for improved DNA collection for felony arrests.

"With this bill, Katie's memory will live on, and her legacy will help protect countless other would-be victims," said New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce. "Katie's parents, Dave and Jayann, have worked tirelessly for the passage of Katie's Law. The Sepich family and their friends have selflessly worked to save other fathers, mothers and families from enduring what they have. Katie's Law is now a step closer to making that a reality."

Pearce was an original sponsor of the act. Thanks to the efforts of the Sepich family, similar laws have been enacted in 26 states, including one — also named for Katie — that passed the New Mexico state Legislature in 2006.