GREENVILLE, S.C. — A state senator says a plan to give more genetic testing access to all people without proof of citizenship is going to create “an economic burden” for those already paying for the procedure.
Democratic Sen. Tim Scott says that’s the case with the proposed rule in South Carolina.
Scott says he’s worried about the economic impact of that.
Scott’s comments came as Gov.
Nikki Haley, who has promised to use the “power of the purse” to enact the new rule, announced the new bill to provide more genetic tests.
The legislation also will require testing for all individuals who are at least 21 years old.
The measure passed by the South Carolina House and Senate, but died in the Senate.
The bill is intended to ensure the privacy of all South Carolinians, according to a summary of the bill from the Senate’s Committee on Health and Human Services.
But, it also is designed to ensure that individuals who have had a health problem are able to access health care.
The committee voted 14-6 on Thursday to include language in the legislation that requires that all individuals be given the right to access a DNA test by the government.
The amendment would also provide for the health care provider to give a “diversity” to the test.
Scott said he would work to ensure all the information is made available.
The new bill would make it easier for people to get genetic tests in South Carolinas, a state where only a small percentage of the population is of Asian or Asian descent.
The Associated Press was unable to reach a representative for the governor.