U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says he will introduce legislation next year to reform the field of forensic science nationwide, a move that could potentially have implications for the San Francisco Police Department's forensics lab.
Leahy explains on his website:
The legislation I intend to introduce next year will address these widely recognized needs. Among other things, it will require that all forensic science laboratories that receive federal funding or federal business be accredited according to rigorous and uniform standards. It will require that all relevant personnel who perform forensic work for any laboratory or agency that gets federal money become certified in their fields, which will mean meeting standards in proficiency, education, and training.