POSTED: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 5:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 5:54pm
Washington D.C. - What's been on the books in New Mexico for years may soon be the law of the land.
The U.S. House tonight passed Katie's Law.
The measure encourages states to collect DNA samples at the same time as fingerprints for violent crimes.
New Mexico Congressman Harry Teague introduced Katie's Law last February with the support of law enforcers and victim's rights groups.
The law is named after Katie Sepich, an NMSU student who was raped and murdered seven years ago.
Police say her killer would have been caught much earlier if investigators had gathered DNA evidence from the Sepich murder scene.
The House-passed bill now goes to the Senate.