In this instance, we want to take a look at a pro-Mike Coffman ad in the hotly contested 6th Congressional District. The race pits Democrat Joe Miklosi against the Republican incumbent Mike Coffman.
Voiceover: I'm Mike Coffman, and I approve this message.
Voiceover: We cannot replace what sexual predators take. But we can bring them to justice.
Voiceover: Katie's Law uses DNA technology to find violent criminals sooner. It collects DNA evidence when criminals are booked for any other felony.
Senate Bill 09-241, short-titled "Katie's Law," states that "every adult arrested on or after September 30, 2010, for a felony offense or the investigation of a felony offense" must "submit to collection of a biological substance sample for testing to determine the genetic markers thereof."
Evidence indicates that Katie's Law does indeed help identify violent criminals. Here are some examples:
Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine stated, "132 cold case crimes now have a prime suspect through a DNA match made possible only because of (Ohio) Senate Bill 77 requiring DNA collection on all felony arrestees. With seven months of data, we now see how SB 77 is helping us identify more bad guys who just might have gotten away with their crimes had it not been for the new law."
Voiceover: 52 Colorado representatives supported Katie's Law. 12 opposed it. Joe Miklosi was one of those twelve.
Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Miklosi campaign sent 9NEWS a statement about Miklosi's 2009 vote.
"Joe's vote occurred because he didn't want criminals to be released on a legal technicality," spokesperson Ryan Hobart said. Hobart went on to explain that Rep. Miklosi was worried the law could ultimately prove to be unconstitutional.
H.R. 4614 passed through the U.S. House in 2010 by a 357-32 vote. Coffman voted against the resolution that would have offered other states incentives to pass Katie's law legislation. While more than a hundred Republicans voted for the resolution, Coffman joined with 31 fellow Republicans in offering up a no vote.
A spokesperson for the Coffman campaign told 9NEWS that vote was not necessarily a vote against Katie's Law itself, but more of a vote against federal funding of something that many states had already self funded.
Voiceover: Joe Miklosi sided with predators and their lawyers. And against us.
This is a statement of opinion and cannot be tested, although the claim that Mikolsi "sided with predators" does appear to be a case of political hyperbole.