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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, called this week’s passage of the federal version of Katie’s Law (H.R. 6014) in the House “a blow to violent criminals, and a victory for their victims.”

Tipton, who has pushed for a federal version of Katie’s law since being elected to Congress, is a co-sponsor of the bill. The House passed the bill with a voice vote.

H.R. 6014 seeks to authorize the attorney general to award grants for states to implement DNA collection processes. The legislation also identifies a cut in other federal spending to offset the cost the program.

Tipton co-sponsored Katie’s Law as a state legislator, and it was signed into law.

“This common sense bill takes an important next step toward bringing Katie’s Law to a national scale and will further strengthen law enforcement’s ability to track down the most violent offenders, close cold cases, and keep our women and children safe,” Tipton said.

Katie’s Law is named after Katie Sepich, a young woman who was raped and murdered in Las Cruces, N.M. Her killer was arrested following her death, but it wasn’t until three years passed that his DNA was collected, linking him to Katie’s murder.

Currently 25 states and the federal government have passed legislation to collect DNA samples from felony arrestees and submit them into the National DNA Index System (NDIS). The federal version of Katie’s Law would provide incentives for states to participate in this program, expanding the size of the NDIS and building its effectiveness.

Garfield County government offices and the county landfill will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25, as well as on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

All six branches of the Garfield Public Libraries will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. Normal library hours will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 26 with all six libraries opening at 10 a.m.

Certain county services, such as emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office, the Coroner’s Office, and Criminal Justice Services, will be operating through the holidays.

The Garfield County Regional Airport will be open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport’s administrative offices will close.

Information on county meetings and services is always available online at garfield-county.com.


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