Article 7. Construction And Severability of California Penal Code >> Title 9. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 7.
Nothing in this chapter shall limit or abrogate any existing
authority of law enforcement officers to take, maintain, store, and
utilize DNA or forensic identification markers, blood specimens,
buccal swab samples, saliva samples, or thumb or palm print
impressions for identification purposes.
(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to restrict
the authority of local law enforcement to maintain their own
DNA-related databases or data banks, or to restrict the Department of
Justice with respect to data banks and databases created by other
statutory authority, including, but not limited to, databases related
to fingerprints, firearms and other weapons, child abuse, domestic
violence deaths, child deaths, driving offenses, missing persons,
violent crime information as described in Title 12 (commencing with
Section 14200) of Part 4, and criminal justice statistics permitted
by Section 13305.
(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the
authority of local or county coroners or their agents, in the course
of their scientific investigation, to utilize genetic and DNA
technology to inquire into and determine the circumstances, manner,
and cause of death, or to employ or use outside laboratories,
hospitals, or research institutions that utilize genetic and DNA
Any requirement to provide saliva samples pursuant to this
chapter shall be construed as a requirement to provide buccal swab
samples as of the effective date of the act that added this section.
However, the Department of Justice may retain and use previously
collected saliva and other biological samples as part of its database
and databank program and for quality control purposes in conformity
with the provisions of this chapter.
The duties and requirements of the Department of Corrections
and the Department of the Youth Authority pursuant to this chapter
shall commence on July 1, 1999.
The provisions of this chapter are severable. If any
provision of this chapter or its application is held invalid, that
invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications that can
be given effect without the invalid provision or application.