A bill passed in Texas Senate today would give prison inmates more access to DNA evidence, as they appeal their convictions.
The Associated Press reports the bill sponsored by State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) would require DNA testing, if the biological evidence hadn't been tested before our would yield more accurate results with newly-developed testing techniques.
As many as 40 inmates have had convictions overturned in the past few years, based on retesting DNA evidence.
The Senate passed a similar bill last session. The Texas House will take up the bill next.