The Maine House and Senate voted June 8 to approve a bill that mandates that DNA samples be taken from people accused of a series of serious offenses.

The bill LD 1143 was backed by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. The sponsor is Rep. Maeghan Maloney, D-Augusta.

The Senate voted 20-14 for the bill. All three Republican state senators — Sens. Christopher Rector of Thomaston, A. David Trahan of Waldoboro, and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport — voted for the bill.

The House voted 114-34 for the measure. Voting for it were Reps. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland; Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston; Wes Richardson, R-Warren; Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro; Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea; and Jonathan McKane, R-Newcastle.

Voting against the bill were Reps. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport; and Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville.

The law would require DNA samples if a person was arrested, charged or indicted on or after Jan. 1, 2013, for murder or criminal homicide in the first or second degree; felony murder; manslaughter; aggravated assault; elevated aggravated assault; gross sexual assault or rape; sexual abuse of a minor; unlawful sexual contact; visual sexual aggression against a child; sexual misconduct with a child under 14 years; kidnapping; criminal restraint; burglary; robbery; arson; and aggravated criminal mischief.

The chief of the Maine State Police shall expunge the DNA record if the arresting law enforcement agency does not forward the charge to the prosecuting attorney, the prosecuting attorney does not file a charge, the case is dismissed, or the defendant is acquitted, according to the bill.

The cost is estimated at $300,000 a year.