Dec 19, 2012

Washington, DC (December 18, 2012) – Today, the House passed H.R. 6014, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012.  The Act, named after the Carlsbad High graduate and NMSU 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 Pearce.  “Katie’s parents, Dave and Jayann, have worked tirelessly for the passage of Katie’s Law.   Being able to support their efforts, and sharing in the emotion that went into this legislation, was a life-changing experience for me.  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.  Rep. Pearce’s office has been in contact with the Sepich family, and Congressman Pearce personally called Katie’s parents after the passage of the bill.

Rep. Pearce’s remarks on the bill from the House floor can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEzKqh-Kn68&feature=youtu.be