A. The “DNA identification system oversight committee” is created. The DNA oversight committee shall be composed of nine voting members as follows:

Terms Used In New Mexico Statutes 29-16-5

  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.

(1)     a scientific representative from the department crime laboratory appointed by the secretary of public safety;

(2)     a scientific representative from the crime laboratory of the police department for the largest municipality in a class A county having a population of more than two hundred fifty thousand at the most recent federal decennial census;

(3)     the secretary of corrections or the secretary’s designated representative; (4)     the state medical investigator or the investigator’s designated representative;

(5)     the attorney general or the attorney general’s designated representative; (6)     the president of the district attorneys’ association or the president’s designated representative;

(7)     the chief public defender or the chief public defender’s designated representative;

(8)     the president of the New Mexico criminal defense lawyers association or the president’s designated representative; and

(9)     the head of the administrative center or the head’s designated representative.

B. The DNA oversight committee shall adopt rules and procedures regarding the administration and operation of the DNA identification system.

C. The administrative center shall review and make recommendations to the DNA oversight committee regarding rules and procedures for the administration and operation of the DNA identification system.

D. The DNA oversight committee shall oversee the establishment and administration of the missing persons DNA identification system as part of the DNA identification system.

E. The DNA oversight committee shall adopt rules and procedures regarding the administration and operation of the missing persons DNA identification system as part of the DNA identification system.

F. The DNA oversight committee shall oversee the establishment and administration of the sex offender DNA identification system as part of the DNA identification system.

G. The DNA oversight committee shall adopt rules and procedures regarding the administration and operation of the sex offender DNA identification system as part of the DNA identification system.

H. The DNA oversight committee shall designate and approve the location of the administrative center as provided in Section 29-16-4 NMSA 1978.

I. The DNA oversight committee may award grants and loans pursuant to section 29-16-13 NMSA 1978.