In testifying on a bill mandating a vast expansion of current newborn screening requirements, we urged adoption of an amendment that would continue to limit testing to only those diseases for which there is a medical benefit to the early detection and treatment of the disorder. Broad-based genetic testing not tied to any immediate benefit was, we argued, an infringement on familial privacy and raised the specter of a state-controlled genetic database. An amended version of the legislation which passed out of committee addressed these concerns. 


Senator Valerie Lawson


Passed Senate Committee



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